Amazing that the common denominator in this disaster seems to be former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney. Blogger Connects Dots and Finds Arrow Pointing to ex-VP
(Newser) – The scope of the Gulf oil spill is far from clear, but the finger-pointing is already under way, and a lot of fingers ought to be aiming at Dick Cheney, Alex Pareene blogs for Salon. Connecting the dots that begin with a Wall Street Journal exposé, we learn that Cheney's highly classified energy task force was responsible for the fact "that the oil well didn't have a remote-control shut-off switch," Pareene writes, "a thing that it seems every single offshore drilling rig should have."
"The former Dark Lord of the Naval Observatory" is no rookie at covering his tracks, but the follow-up argument is a no-brainer: "Halliburton is involved, too! The Los Angeles Times reports that BP contracted Dick Cheney's old company to cement the deepwater drill hole." In short, Pareene writes, "Thanks, Dick. Nice work."
Halliburton Acquired Boots & Coots On 9 April 2010
Halliburton, the world’s second-largest oil field services company behind Schlumberger, yesterday said it would acquire oil and gas well fire control company Boots & Coots, in a stock and cash deal worth about $240 million.
Boots & Coots is a global emergency response company that specializes in offering prevention, response and restoration capabilities to the global needs of the oil and gas industries.
Boots & Coots International Well Control services categories: enviornmental and safety, well control services, drilling and well services, well control.
The company’s pressure control services are designed to reduce the number and severity of critical events such as oil and gas well fires, blowouts or other incidences due to loss of control at the well.
As the adage goes....timing is everything!
And then there's this…
‘Last Resort’ Safety Device Failed in Fatal Drilling Incident:
Boots & Coots Inc. of Houston and Amarillo, Texas-based GSM Enterprises Inc., two of the companies that extinguished hundreds of oil wells in Kuwait set ablaze by retreating Iraqi troops in 1990, have been brought in to help cap the leaks.
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Halliburton in spotlight in gulf spill probe
Investigators look at the company’s role in cementing the deepwater drill hole in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean and BP also face questioning.
Investigators delving into the causes of the massive gulf oil spill are examining the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company that was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole, as well as the possible failure of equipment leased to British Petroleum.
Two members of Congress, Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), called on Halliburton on Friday to provide all documents relating to "the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy, quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing work" by May 7.