“I think the Koch brothers are two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth. […]Not sure if the Louisiana office of AFP has chosen a Gubernatorial pony yet but Vitter can't have hurt his chances in the pageant. There will be plenty of time to worry about that, though. In the meantime, Vitter has other clients to worry about.
“God bless the Koch brothers. They’re fighting for our freedoms.”
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) officials urged BP Plc to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well that caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history even after BP warned that doing so would be unsafe.Recall that Vitter has been working to limit Anadarko's liability for the Macondo disaster for some time now. While it's difficult to determine whether Anadarko, as a corporate person, is among "the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth," one can't help but assume that advocacy of drilling deeper without regard for safety is a plus in Vitter's book.
A BP executive and a geologist working on the Macondo well rejected Anadarko’s urging to deepen the well, according to e-mails sent the week before the April 2010 deep-sea blowout. BP officials said in the e-mails, unsealed this month in lawsuits over the spill, that the well’s condition “provided for little to no margin to continue drilling” safely.
Justice Department lawyers are asking U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans to consider Anadarko’s e-mails as proof the Texas-based oil explorer was involved in day-to-day monitoring and decisions at the Macondo well when he calculates a potentially multibillion-dollar pollution fine against the drilling partners.