BP admits the obvious, sort of, and the smoking gun reappears
The news is coming fast and furious now — well, it’s coming fast, and all of us should be furious:
A BP spokesman “said a mile-long tube inserted into a leaking pipe over the weekend is capturing 210,000 gallons a day – the total amount the company … [has] estimated is gushing into the sea – but some is still escaping. He would not say how much.”
Duh. At least they can still do simple math.
BP hired a reputable oilfield service company to test the strength of cement linings on the well, but then sent the company’s workers home 11 hours before the explosion on April 20 — “without performing a final check that a top cementing company executive called ‘the only test that can really determine the actual effectiveness’ of the well’s seal,” reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
I reported on this still smoldering gun over a week ago — see “The three causes of BP’s Titanic oil disaster: Recklessness, Arrogance, and Hubris: Expert reviewer finds well’s cement seal “was probably faulty” and inadequately tested (to save money).” But that story adds key details.
National Wildlife Federation’s President & CEO Larry Schweiger therefore seems on point with his comment on the post, “BP Cover-Up Begins to Unravel“:
It is now clear that BP had hoped to cover up the damage of their oil spill by withholding video evidence of the size of the gushers and preventing independent analysis. In Washington, it’s been said that ‘it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up’ – but in this case, it’s both the crime and the cover-up that are an outrage.
The Gulf of Mexico is a crime scene and BP cannot be left in charge of assessing the damage or controlling the data from their spill. The public deserves sound science, not sound bites from BP’s CEO.
I want to thank EPA Administrator Jackson for her ongoing efforts to make information available to the public, including the first release today of BP’s sub-surface dispersant testing data. The information is available at EPA.gov/BPSpill.