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Big Oil at the Controls
Subs Aren't the Only Things Dubya's Donors and Oil Buddies Are Mishandling

by Tamara Baker


Feb. 19, 2001 -- SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA (APJP) -- Well, it sure took 'em long enough.

The Navy reports that after a "lengthy non-public investigation" the names of the 16 civilian VIPs aboard the USS Greeneville when it destroyed the Ehime Maru are finally being released.

Thanks to the work of several amateur Net sleuths, including the worthy "Delta Dart" of Salon's Table Talk message boards, a picture is beginning to emerge of these 16 VIPs.

Here's their names and their known political and financial affiliations:

UPDATE: Feb. 22, 2001 -- thanks to Jay for finding this press release:
Contango Oil & Gas Company Announces the Appointment of Jay Brehmer as a Director. 

OCTOBER 6, 2000 – HOUSTON, TEXAS – Contango Oil & Gas Company (OTCBB:BTUX) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has appointed Jay D. Brehmer, Director, Capital & Finance of Aquila Energy Capital Corporation, as a Director of the Company. In September 2000, Aquila Energy Capital Corporation purchased $5.0 million of the Company’s Series B senior convertible cumulative preferred stock. 

Contango is a Houston based, development stage, independent oil and natural gas company. The company explores and acquires oil and gas properties primarily in the onshore Gulf Coast and offshore Gulf of Mexico. Additional information can be found on our web page at www.contango-oandg.com 

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties including uncertainties related to successful negotiations with other parties, oil and gas exploration risks, price volatility, production levels, closing of transactions, capital availability, operational and other risks, uncertainties and factors described from time to time in the company’s publicly available SEC reports. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events described in this release might not occur. 

Contango Oil & Gas 
For information, contact: 

The eEnergy Company 
Kenneth R. Peak 

3700 Buffalo Speedway, Suite 960 
(713) 960-1901 

Houston, Texas 77098 
#1: JAY BREHMER
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

#2: CAROL BREHMER
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

The Brehmers may not seem at first to have any oil, Texas or GOP connections -- but interestingly, we find that a Public Records: Yahoo People Search yields the following information:

Jay and Carol Brehmer...Spring, TX

Spring, Texas is a wealthy northern suburb of Houston, not far from the very tony suburb of The Woodlands (more on that later).

Also, Jay Brehmer is a Company Director of Aquila Energy as of October 2000.

According to Oil and Gas Investor,


Aquila Energy expanded its financing role in the energy industry when it entered the capital markets in August 1998 with the start-up of Aquila Energy Capital Corp. (AECC). AECC is backed by Aquila Energy, the unregulated energy marketing subsidiary of $7.5-billion Kansas City-based UtiliCorp United (UCU). Since its creation in the mid-1980s, Aquila has grown to become one of the top five gas and power marketers in North America.


Remember how Usurper Boy is a big "energy deregulation" fan? Remember the fact that Enron, the nation's biggest unregulated-energy player (and one of the entities raking in the biggest profits from the deregulation shell-game scam in California) is also George W. Bush's biggest lifetime political campaign contributor?

#3: JACK CLARY
STOW, MA

#4: PAT CLARY
STOW, MA

A 'Jack Clary' makes his living as a relatively famous sports journalist. He has written books on baseball and football, and in 1997 wrote Navy Football Gridiron Legends & Fighting Heroes, which was published by the Naval Institute Press. My guess is that this is the same fella.

Now, Bush owned the Texas Rangers as part of a scheme put together by his old buddy Richard Rainwater, part of which involved abusing the eminent-domain laws to force dozens of Arlington-area residents to sell their land and homes to Rainwater's outfit for the creation of The Ballpark at Arlington. Since a good portion of this properly never wound up as part of The Ballpark, Rainwater made a tidy sum selling the excess land for a good deal than he paid for it. But Clary and his wife Pat, so far as I can see, are among the few civilians on the USS Greeneville who weren't Texans, oil/energy people and/or a donors to George W. Bush and/or the Republican Party.

#5: HELEN CULLEN
HOUSTON, TEXAS


The Cullen Family owns Quintana Petroleum, Houston, TX. According to http://www.opensecrets.org, they are big backers of both GW Bush and the GOP:

CULLEN, ROY H
HOUSTON, TX 77002
QUINTANA PETROLEUM  07/21/2000  $10,000  Republican National Cmte

CULLEN, ROY H
HOUSTON, TX 77002
INVESTMENTS         04/14/1999   $1,000  Bush, George W

CULLEN, ROY H
HOUSTON, TX 77002
QUINTANA PETROLEUM  07/30/1999  $10,000  Republican National Cmte

CULLEN, ROY H MRS.
HOUSTON, TX 77002
QUINTANA PETROLEUM  07/21/2000  $10,000  Republican National Cmte

CULLEN, ROY H MRS.
HOUSTON, TX 77002
QUINTANA PETROLEUM  07/30/1999  $10,000  Republican National Cmte

#6: JOHN M. HALL
SEALY, TEXAS

#7: LEIGH ANNE SCHNELL HALL
SEALY, TEXAS


Note also that, as I mentioned in my last APJ piece, Todd Thoman and John Hall (who was the guy at the buoyancy levers when the sub did its disastrous emergency surface drill) are both employed by Fossil Bay, an oil company based in Dallas, Texas. They were on the sub because of the contributions they made to the USS Missouri restoration foundation...

...whose 'honorary chair' just happens to be George Herbert Walker Bush.

Update from Tamara
Feb. 20, 2001 -- Re: Mike Mitchell, Irving, TX. (The one I couldn't ID.)

It's a PDF file for the 1999 annual meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)

On page 8, one of the speakers listed for a talk called (ironically enough) "Show Me the Money!" is Mike Mitchell, Managing Director of EnCap Energy Advisors, Dallas. 
#8: MIKE MITCHELL
IRVING, TEXAS

#9: MICKEY NOLAN
HONOLULU, HI

#10: SUSAN NOLAN
HONOLULU, HI

Mickey Nolan is a local Honoloulu golf tournament promoter. He probably put together a golfing event for these GOP money people.

#11: ANTHONY SCHNUR
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS

#12: SUSAN SCHNUR
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS

Schnur has an email address at utilicorp.com -- and Aquila Energy is a UtiliCorp United company, as noted earlier. Aquila is one of the biggest wholesalers of energy in the US, and stands to make Enron-sized profits should the GOP's deregulation scam overcome the California catastrophe.

#13: TODD THOMAN
HOUSTON, TEXAS

#14: DEANDRA THOMAN
HOUSTON, TEXAS

Todd Thoman was Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fossil Bay Resources Ltd., working out of their Houdston office until a couple weeks ago, according to a receptionist reached by one of APJ's New York staffers.

#15: KEN WYATT
GOLDEN, COLORADO

#16: CATHERINE GRAHAM WYATT
GOLDEN, COLORADO

Golden is where Adolph Coors has set up shop. As befits its major employer, it's a very rich, very conservative Denver suburb.

Ken Wyatt works for Utilicorp. Oil and Gas Investor.com lists numbers in both Denver and Houston for Wyatt, along with an email address at Utilicorp.

There you have it: the 16 civilian VIPs that rode -- and in some cases drove -- the USS Greeneville on its date with destiny. Many of these same VIPs are driving the US' energy policy, and stand to profit greatly on blackouts and misery just as Enron is profiting in the deregged parts of California.

One wonders if these VIPs, America's secret leaders, will show more discretion and and care and skill at driving the US' ship of state than they did at the helms of the USS Greeneville.

Judging from their rapaciousness, it would seem that the answer is 'no'.


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