BP gets it wrong

It is beyond appalling what BP has gotten away with in completely pretending that they could actually handle a spill before this happened.  It is appalling that they would clearly lie so brazenly to make sure they got permission to seek their additional billions in profits and it is also appalling that the government would clearly have taken such limited, if any, steps to see if BP’s clean-up plan bore any relation to reality.  It’s really just disgusting.  I so wish some people would be spending time in jail for the devastation to nature and people they have created.  Why so annoyed today?  This:

In the 77 days since oil from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon began to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has skimmed or burned about 60 percent of the amount it promised regulators it could remove in a single day.

Read that again.  Less in 77 days than they said they could clean up in a single day.  Bastards.  More depressing figures:

In a March report that was not questioned by federal officials, BP said it had the capacity to skim and remove 491,721 barrels of oil each day in the event of a major spill.

As of Monday, with about 2 million barrels released into the gulf, the skimming operations that were touted as key to preventing environmental disaster have averaged less than 900 barrels a day.

Skimming has captured only 67,143 barrels, and BP has relied on burning to remove 238,095 barrels. Most of the oil recovered — about 632,410 barrels — was captured directly at the site of the leaking well.

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that BP is not interested in commenting upon this. Now, if you really want to add to being shocked and depressed by the whole thing, check out this thoroughly engaging and depressing Post photo gallery of wildlife rescue and cleanup.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to BP gets it wrong

  1. J.P. Douglas says:

    You think that makes you mad and depressed wait til you find out the Republicans are obstructing the investigation into the BP oil spill.

    http://56rebels.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/republicans-protect-bp-oil-by-blocking-legislation/

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