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Attorney: Gulf Leak Can't Be Stopped, Obama Must Act


Chris Matthews talked to attorney Mike Papantonio, who is leading a class action suit against BP about the Gulf oil leak. Papantonio says the leak can't be stopped an Obama must get moving.

Says Papantonio:

I hope he`s wrong, Chris, but I hate to hear the talk coming from David Axelrod, like we`re all in this together and everything`s going to be OK. There are two different issues here. Stop the leak. The other issue, though, is clean up the mess. They know how to clean up the mess. Back in Saudi Arabia, in 1994, they had a 700 million dollars -- 700 million gallon spill. And you know what they did, Chris? They brought in tankers from all over the world and they sucked it up out of the bays, and they treated it. And you know what? They cleaned up 85 percent of it.

You know where those tankers are right now? They`re filled up. They`re waiting for the market to change so they can go unload in Asia and Europe. Those tankers have the technology and the ability to suck it right out of the water and treat it.

There are two different issues. The leak may never stop. But for Axelrod not to address the real problem -- the entire gulf coast is dying because right now, Obama has the bully pulpit. You want -- you want to know the most -- the most effective thing Obama has control of, that`s the bully pulpit, and he needs to sound like Huey Long right now, not Gandhi. We`re tired of the Gandhi speech. We`re tired of kumbaya. I`m tired of the David Axelrods saying we have Dr. Chu and we`re going to solve this problem.

610xBP is going to attempt an ambitious "Top kill" procedure today:  

"The consequences for BP are profound: A successful capping of the leaking well could finally begin to mend the company’s brittle image after weeks of failed efforts, and perhaps limit the damage to wildlife and marine life from reaching catastrophic levels. A failure could mean several months more of leaking oil, devastating economic and environmental impacts across the gulf region, and mounting financial liabilities for the company. BP has already spent an estimated $760 million in fighting the spill, and two relief wells it is drilling as a last resort to seal the well may not be completed until August. Officials planned to begin the procedure Wednesday morning, and they said it could take from 12 hours to a few days to determine whether the operation is successful."

The "top kill" attempt will be streamed live, despite reports to the contrary.

Watch Papantonio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Stop saying "after the jump".

    Stop saying "after the jump".

    Stop saying "after the jump"

    This is not a TV programme. There are no commercial breaks. This is a hangover from corporate media sites who don't understand the internet and cant get away from the TV show paradigm.

    There may be some kind of conceptual "jump" on your screen but there isn't on mine.

    People have different kinds of browsers, opened to different sizes, displayed on monitors of different resolutions. They may have zoomed the screen magnification, blocked the ads, blocked the images, gone for text-only or be viewing on a cellphone.

    You cannot assume there is any kind of break to jump over.

    The phrase just sounds pathetic, like you secretly wish you were a news presenter saying "after the break" or "coming up in part two". There is no break, jump. or part two. This is not a TV show.

    Stop it

    Stop it now

    Posted by: Reno | May 26, 2010 1:03:59 PM

  2. reno...for the love of god PLEASE take your meds...!

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | May 26, 2010 1:31:11 PM

  3. I'm with Reno!

    Posted by: Alan G | May 26, 2010 1:44:55 PM

  4. Why so upset about a stupid little phrase? Geez.

    Posted by: JH | May 26, 2010 1:49:44 PM

  5. Seize BP: Campaign Statement and Petition

    The government of the United States must seize BP and freeze its assets, and place those funds in trust to begin providing immediate relief to the working people throughout the Gulf states whose jobs, communities, homes and businesses are being harmed or destroyed by the criminally negligent actions of the CEO, Board of Directors and senior management of BP.

    Posted by: Queer Equality Revolution | May 26, 2010 1:58:00 PM

  6. Reno, who the fuck do you think you are? This blog is filled with interesting, well-written, newsworthy content day after day, and that's your contribution? You are truly sad. (And so are you, Alan G, if you're "with Reno" on this one.)

    Posted by: Asher | May 26, 2010 1:58:17 PM

  7. I heard on MSNBC that Canada requires that when oil wells are drilled in the Arctic the releif well(s) (that BP won't have finished till August) are required to be drilled at the same time so that
    they are ready to be used in the event this type of thing happens. Why couldn't our spinelss Congress and bureacrats do the same. Costs more up-front, but sure is worth it in the long-run.

    Posted by: jerry | May 26, 2010 2:12:27 PM

  8. So wait, there's no free market incentive for private industry fix the leak? libertarians always tell me a free market works itself out! so BP hasn't been trying to plug the leak to save the environment but instead salvage the drilling site to save its investment?

    the government needs to be involved because BP is full of greedy liars who see nothing but their bottom line, like most big corporations.

    Posted by: Wes | May 26, 2010 2:44:53 PM

  9. I'm as happy as the next person to run down an oil company, but I'm not sure quoting a lawyer filing a class action suit on the technical details of capping oil wells and recovering from spills gives you the most accurate view.

    BTW, the jump thing doesn't bother me in the least, but then I'm not an expert on the history of television commercials.

    Posted by: MRW | May 26, 2010 2:46:31 PM

  10. I say file suit against the U.S. Government. We the people are the most negligent in this instance.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | May 26, 2010 2:47:57 PM

  11. Yea Jubal, its "we the people" who are at fault because most Americans cheer FREEDOM! when private companies prevail over regulations designed to protect our people and environment from just these kinds of disasters.

    Posted by: Wes | May 26, 2010 2:53:52 PM

  12. I'm sure this lawyer is doing all he personally can to stop the leak. With his expertise it would have stopped on Day 1.

    Posted by: anon | May 26, 2010 3:35:07 PM

  13. The attorney said that the leak "can't be stopped". So what does he expect Obama to do about it?

    Posted by: elg | May 26, 2010 4:30:33 PM

  14. Very good point, ELG

    Posted by: MickW | May 26, 2010 5:19:52 PM

  15. So what does this attorney know about fluid mechanics that engineers don't know? Oh yeah, that you can say crazy shit and make money doing it.

    Posted by: fireblazes | May 26, 2010 10:01:46 PM

  16. He's filing a class action suit for one reason: MONEY. Lots of it. FOR HIM. The claimants will get next to nothing but he will get paid big time.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | May 27, 2010 7:40:23 AM

  17. Oh, and for all the yahoos who bleet about suing the federal government, please go look up the "federal torts claims act" and spend some time reading.

    You are yet another fine example of "we the people" who didn't bother to pay attention in 9th grade civics class or ever bother to learn about our system of government and then go shooting off at the mouth.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | May 27, 2010 7:46:26 AM

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