The oil spill associated with the the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the biggest oil spills in U.S. history, has now been linked to often controversial Halliburton Industries.
Halliburton has a history of controversy and charges of conflict of interest. Halliburton merged some time ago with Dresser Industries, founded by Presidential father and grandfather, Prescott Bush. Our former Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is a past CEO of Halliburton Industries.
Following the preemptive attack on Iraq, initiated by the Bush administration, Halliburton was chosen to rebuild Baghdad and Iraq; to undo the damage caused by American bombing and artillery fire.
Halliburton had hoped to profit from immigration issues; they had plans to build detention centers, similar to those centers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to detain non-documented aliens pending transfer back to their countries of origin.
The Washington Times reported that the Kuwaiti-owned Timimmi Company had been serving hot meals to troops stationed in Iraq for $3 a meal. The contract was reassigned to Halliburton, which raised the price to $5 a meal, subcontracted the meal services back to Timimmi, and kept the 40% difference.
George W. Bush made an effort, while the American Congress was on break, to transfer the nation's ports to Dubai, in the U.A.E. Dubai is a terrorist friendly region, indeed one of only two countries to recognize the Taliban as the rightful government in Afghanistan. After the transfer of the ports, Halliburton had planned to take over the operation, the running of the ports.
Halliburton now is involved in the Deepwater oil spill off the American coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton was responsible for sealing with cement the oil extracting drill a mile below the Gulf surface. Halliburton said the final cementing of the oil well and pipe had been completed 20 hours before the blowout last week. Cement fills the gaps between the pipe and the ocean floor.
Hallilburton, following the explosion, issued a statement to the effect that "well operations had not yet reached the point requiring the placement of the final cement plug which would enable the planned temporary abandonment of the well." The company went on to say, "Halliburton originated oilfield cementing and leads the world in effective, efficient delivery of zonal isolation and engineering for the life of the well, conducting thousands of successful well cementing jobs each year."
According to experts cited in the Wall Street Journal, "the timing of last week's cement job in relation to the explosion — only 20 hours beforehand, and the history of cement problems in other blowouts 'point to it as a possible culprit. The initial likely cause of gas coming to the surface had something to do with the cement.'"