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BP should pay saleries of layed off workers?

Ok so everyone knows the government has decided to shut down all deep water drillingfor 6 months and has cancelled the most recent (33) permits to explore or drill in the gulf. This puts many on the gulf out of a job. The gulf is a major energy corridor and thousands will be out of jobs across the south.
There are some in congress who want BP to pay thier salaries for those 6 months. Personally I think they really have balls requesting this and this is just more political posturing.
What say you?

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Asked by itsmesteph11 at 10:35 AM on Jun. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I don't think BP should pay the salaries of oil workers out of work; but I do think some form of compensation (more than $5k) is owed to the fishermen who's livelihood's have been affected unless they can prove those fishermen have the ability to fish/harvest elsewhere.

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 10:45 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • BP isn't the one who shut down those projects. Our government did. BP should pay for the losses from fishing and things that are a direct result of the spill, not every else.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • Put them to work cleaning up the gulf like some of the fishing families are forced to do.

    Answer by BlooBird at 10:49 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • there are other cases where companies hire people that they cannot continue to employ for many reasons. if workers were hired and had to be laid off, they should be treated like any other laid off worker. it sucks, but it happens... i'm shocked that the deep-water drilling moratorium is only six months... it's been nearly 1/3rd of that just trying to figure out how to stop a leak, right? and obviously we don't have any better answers as to how to safely drill in deep water - which, by the way, was alot of the original objection... i don't think 6 months gives anyone enough time to find the answers needed for the safety of the workers, the animals, the water... the future. the moratorium should be continued until we have better plans. or else put all these people to work cleaning, finding answers, or in alternative fuel sources.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 11:22 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • I say that Obama is the one who shut down the drilling, HE should pay their salaries. Out of his OWN pocket, not from the taxpayer's pocket. Or maybe since the unions have $10 M to throw away on a runoff election, THEY can put something into the pot for these laid-off workers. I'm sure that Andy Stern would have no problem helping out Obama like this. It might serve to put the unions in a more positive light these days.

    Answer by 29again at 11:22 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • This moratorium will be the death of any drilling in the gulf. That means we lose the revenue on the leases there. Our workers on the rigs will be out of work for a long time, and the economy will suffer even more. I agree that 6 months isn't a long time to figure out everything that O wants done, but I think this moratorium isn't the way to go. Those oil rigs will be gone before the moratorium is up. And then the whole country loses. This is NOT the way to go towards energy independence.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • All that the 6 month moratorium on drilling does, is get Obama past the mid-term elections, and the chance that ANOTHER spill sill occur in that time. EVERYTHING Obama does has something to do with self-preservation--nothing more, nothing less! He's hoping this disaster will have "run it's course" during this time, and people will have forgotten about it--like every other major disaster from 9/11 to Katrina to the Christmas Day (almost) airliner bombing, to the (almost) Times Square bombing, to the Tennessee floods, and other natural disasters around the country, etc.

    If the disaster doesn't affect a region/state/industry, then for the most part, those unaffected, quickly forget or dismiss what those people who ARE affected are going through.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:36 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • I agree with BlooBird. Can't these laid off workers be employed cleaning up the mess? The should, in reality, be treated like any other laid off person. But it wouldn't be more usually having these people work in the clean up process than sitting around and collecting unemployment.

    Answer by sunshine58103 at 11:38 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • Lori if they were really worried about the possibility of another spill they actually get on the ball and review them!

    "Most troubling of all, the government has allowed BP to continue deep-sea production at its Atlantis rig – one of the world's largest oil platforms. According to congressional documents, the platform lacks required engineering certification for as much as 90% of its subsea components – a flaw that internal BP document...s reveal could lead to "catastrophic" errors. In a May 19th letter to Salazar, 26 congressmen called for the rig to be shut down immediately. The administration's response to the looming threat? According to an e-mail to a congressional aide from a staff member at MMS, the agency has had "zero contact" with Atlantis about its safety risks since the Deepwater rig went down."

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 11:38 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • you mean...."salaries of laid off workers" ?
    We all want the off shore drilling to stop until problems are solved,don't we?
    And we do think BP sucks,right? far as the SALARIES of LAID off workers.....that is their problem.
    It looks to me that it is a good thing to develop alternate energy sources.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 AM on Jun. 12, 2010

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