>Time and time again BP has told us that they were ‘on top’ of things, that they had action plans, that things were progressing and would be taken care of.
Since this catastrophe began on April 20, 2010, killing 11 platform workers and injuring 17 others, BP has told us one tale after another…. made one promise after another, and to date the gusher, keeps on gushing!
They told us that oil was gushing out into the Gulf of Mexico to the tune of 5,000 barrels per day, when in fact there are now new government estimates that put the figure at up to a whopping 25,000.
BP has promised to keep us – the public fully up to date with what is happening whilst they attempt yet again, to stem the flow of oil, yet information has come to light that this certainly has been a bare faced lie!
According to Time Magazine: For the better part of 10 days, company spokespeople promised that the operation was just a day or two away. When it finally began, they predicted that its effectiveness would be clear within a day. From Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, the networks broadcast saturation coverage of the unfolding operation and BP reps issued encouraging reports that things were proceeding as hoped.
But late Thursday, BP chief operating officer Rick Suttles held a press conference at which he admitted that not only had the leak not been closed, but also the pumping had stopped entirely, just 10 hours after it began, as the company reassessed its methods and adjusted the density and pressure of the mud it was using.
“I probably should apologize to folks that we haven’t been giving more data on that,” Suttles said. “It was nothing more than [that] we are so focused on the operation itself.”
Maybe. But for 18 hours, the networks had unknowingly been serving up the misinformation that the pumping was going on nonstop, and no one from BP had stepped forward to offer a correction.
It seems the current position of BP is thus:
“We don’t know whether we will be able to overcome the well.” The pumping will continue for at least 48 hours, with a probability of success that BP still (only) puts at 60% to 70%.
The Top Kill ‘exercise’ to stop the flow commenced at 1pm CST on May 26th and according to BP could take up to two days to complete.
BP’s Chief Executive Tony Hayward said earlier on Friday that the company can’t call it a success or failure until Sunday.
Before the Top Kill started on Wednesday, BP said it would take between half a day and two days — or Friday at the latest — to gauge its success.
Thursday the company said it could take another 24 hours or more, and on Friday Hayward pushed the time to Sunday.
Later on Friday, Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles insisted BP had no set timeline for the procedure, but he acknowledged that the company cannot continue indefinitely until a relief well is drilled to permanently cap the leaking well. The company expects to finish drilling that well by early August.
“We’ll continue this operation as long as necessary until we’re successful with it or until we’re convinced it won’t succeed,” Suttles told a news briefing.
Meanwhile the planet is screaming in pain.
The water and the life it supports are being poisoned possibly beyond repair.
The EPA has put pressure on BP to use a different dispersant, and as of this writing I found no evidence that any other was being used.
NALCO the company that makes the dispersant COREXIT doesn’t make public the ingredients / chemical composition of the dispersant, which acts like a detergent on oil so that it breaks up more quickly.
Corexit is “a simple blend of six well-established, safe ingredients that biodegrade, do not bioaccumulate and are commonly found in popular household products,” the company said today in a statement. (Gulp – we all know the dangers of many of our basic household chemicals!)
The Gulf Fishing Industry is being decimated.
The massive and growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico will likely devastate the fishing industry in the region, a key component of the overall economy.
On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area in response to the growing oil spill. The new area covers a broad swath of Gulf waters off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
BP’s Responsibilities are far reaching.
Yes they are responsible for the disaster. Yes they are responsible for the cleanup. Yes they are responsible for the loss of wages and earning, for an entire fishing industry that ‘catches’ from the Gulf of Mexico. The entire tourist industry may also have cause for recompense too! Yes they are responsible for the largest (oil) environmental disaster in the USA. The health of local residents and workers who are trying to clean up the horrid mess, are also at risk. The sea life and shore life and bottom life are all in terrible danger too.
And still we wait and see and hope BP will be upfront and honest with what is actually happening.
Telling half truths, denying the public access to actual data and visuals, procrastinating, prevaricating…………… this is just as bad as dragging out the days, the days it should take to know if this TOP KILL experiment will work.
Ten Horrifying Facts about the oil spill – not in the general media
1. New estimates show the undersea well has spilled between 17 and 39 million gallons. These estimates dwarf those of BP, who claimed the spill had only released 11 million gallons to date, and mean that the Gulf leak is far bigger than Exxon Valdez, making it the worst spill in American history.
2. The National Wildlife Federation reports that already more than 150 threatened or endangered sea turtles are dead. And 316 sea birds, mostly brown pelicans and northern gannets, have been found dead along the Gulf Coast as a result of the spreading oil.
3. The Minerals Management Service, directly under the supervision of the Interior Department failed to impose a full review of potential environmental impacts of the BP drilling operation because preliminary reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was “unlikely.”
4. The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General released a report indicating that at one Gulf Coast office of MMS, agency officials attended sporting events on the dime of oil companies, stored porn on company computers, used cocaine and crystal meth, falsified inspection reports, and accepted “gifts” from “good friends in the oil industry.” (Links via ProPublica).
5. A significant amount of the oil slick is being drawn well to the south in the east-central Gulf of Mexico, meaning that it has been captured by the Loop Current. Oil in the loop is a hazard to the Florida Keys, (and entire East Coast) as well as areas of the west coast of Florida. Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico could also be at risk of exposure to the oil, which also could be drawn into the Gulf Stream through the Florida Straits, and perhaps northward to part of the Atlantic Seaboard.
6. As much as we’d like to forget it, the Gulf Coast is prime hurricane country, and if a storm blows in, the result could be devastating. The presence of oil could lead to a more powerful hurricane because crude accumulating at the surface could be raising the temperature of the surrounding water.
7. Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP, has been flying under the radar in the mainstream blame game. Because of past experience with Gulf Oil spills, Transocean decided to insure the Deepwater Horizon rig for about twice what it was worth. In a conference call to analysts earlier this month, Transocean reported making a $270 million profit from insurance payouts after the disaster.
8. Perhaps because it knows the possibility of remedying the situation is practically impossible, BP has made publicly available its laughable “Oil Spill Response Plan” which is, in fact, no plan at all. Besides mentioning the protection of Arctic wildlife (probably lifted directly from the Exxon Valdez plan), the plan does not include any disease-preventing measures, oceanic or meteorological data, and is comprised mostly of phone numbers and blank forms. Most importantly, it includes no directions for how to deal with another deep-water explosion in the future.
9. A large number of fishermen are becoming seriously ill – and many of them believe that the chemicals that BP is using in the Gulf are to blame. Local shrimpers in Louisiana are already predicting that it will be seven years before they can set to sea again.
10. Gambling websites are now placing odds on what species will be first to become extinct as a result of the oil belching from BP’s ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico.
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