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A Legacy of Lies: The BP Oil Spill Two Years Later.

luvguins 2012/04/20 20:38:11
We are beginning to learn more about the long term effects of the Deepwater Horizon's spill being coverd up by BP.

By Beth Buczynski:



April 20th is the two year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling platform operated by BP. Eleven rig workers lost their lives in the initial explosion, which triggered a nearly four month-long oil spill that has been killing life in the Gulf Coast ever since.


One would think that two years later, we would be able to point out at least a few positive glimpses of hope for America’s Southern coastline. Instead, newly uncovered information proves that BP’s legacy of deceit and disregard for human life started long before they tapped the Macondo Well.


Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP offshore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but the company concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress, according to new evidence uncovered in an investigation by EcoWatch.org. The evidence consists of an eyewitness account that they claim has been backed up by several rig workers as well as incriminating documents.


“The ultimate cause of both blow-outs was the same: the use of a money-saving technique – plugging holes with ‘quick-dry’ cement…,” explains Greg Palast. “By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous methods in the Gulf of Mexico causing the death of 11 men and the worst oil spill in U.S. history.”



Unfortunately, this new discover does little to comfort the Gulf Coast families and businesses who have been forever changed by the greatest environmental disaster in American history. Contrary to BP’s nauseating PR campaign claiming the Gulf is “back to normal,” oily beaches and soil water, dead dolphins, disfigured fish, and ever-shrinking seafood harvests are every day realities for those who live there, and contractors who were brought in to clean up the mess.


Recent reports show that hundreds of dolphins have mysteriously died since approximately 172 million gallons of BP’s oil gushed into the Gulf. What little fish, lobster, shrimp, and crab remain to be caught are disturbingly deformed, many missing eyeballs and claws.


Spill victims living in and around Louisiana during the spill, most of them children, are still dealing with illness brought on by BP’s excessive use of a dispersant known as Corexit, which the EPA specifically forbade them to use during the clean up, but they continued spraying anyway. The Surfrider Foundation recently released its preliminary “State of the Beach” study, which found that they Corexit that BP used to “disperse” the oil now appears to be making it tougher (not easier) for microbes to digest the oil. Additionally, “the toxins in this unholy mix of Corexit and crude actually penetrate wet skin faster than dry skin…though you’d never know it unless you happened to look under fluorescent light in the 370nm spectrum. The stuff can’t be wiped off. It’s absorbed into the skin.”


Despite continued evidence that the oil industry’s “lack of a safety culture” puts humans, the economy, and the environment at risk, almost nothing has changed since the Gulf oil spill. In fact, in the two years since the Macondo well blow out, Congress has refused to make drillers more accountable, according to members of the panel that studied the disaster. “Across the board, we are disappointed with Congress’s lack of action. Two years have passed since the explosion” and “Congress has yet to enact one piece of legislation to make drilling safer,” said Democrat Bob Graham, former co-chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill created by President Obama in 2010.


In fact, Congressional Republicans have done nothing but complain that the Obama administration is too slow to issue new offshore drilling permits and delaying exploration off Alaska’s coast (an area in which the industry would have no way how to clean up if something similar the Gulf oil spill were to occur). And President Obama, though aware of the industry’s crimes, continues to bend to their demands, even going so far as to include increased offshore drilling in his “all of the above” energy policy.


Big Oil continues to reap its massive profits and obscene taxpayer subsidies. Dirty money continues to line the pockets of politicians who are supposed to protect the general welfare. And ultimately, it is we the people who pay the price for this environmental game of Russian Roulette. When we will say that enough is enough?



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  • Roger47 2012/04/20 21:08:13
    Roger47
    +4
    I have read Mr. Palast's book. There is a lot about the spill, and the dishonesty of the energy industry, that newspapers have not covered.

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  • goinpostal 2012/04/21 00:56:00
    goinpostal
    lies to make money tax money
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/04/21 00:40:27
    CAROLYN NTARWNJBS
    +1
    We will probably be paying for this for decades.The lies and betrayal of the oil industry will never stop until we make them.
  • flrdsgns 2012/04/20 21:57:07
    flrdsgns
    +3
    BP pretty much trashed the gulf for generations to come, but hey they do make a happy commercial saying how safe it now is.
  • DefendnProtect 2012/04/20 21:28:51
    DefendnProtect
    How are we gonna stop irresponsible business if it knows it gets bailed out by the Washington Den of Corruption? Moral hazard will stop if Ron Paul or any other guy with real integrity elected.

    obama puppet
  • luvguins Defendn... 2012/04/20 21:45:34
  • Defendn... luvguins 2012/04/20 22:05:50
    DefendnProtect
    LOL. Ok as a human rights activist for the middle east I'm gonna break you some 'shocking' news...

    1. The American election with Al Gore vs Bush was a fraud.
    2. The American empire props up fascist dictatorships around the globe. Most have 'elections' like Mubarak had (98% of the votes). The American empire is the most experienced in rigging elections. At home mostly more 'sophisticated' techniques are use.
    3. Some Ron Paul voters were jailed in the primaries to prohibit them to execute their rights. The fraud is mostly much more sophisticated though.
    4. About MSM.. Many people still think Israel has nothing to do with 911..

  • luvguins Defendn... 2012/04/20 22:59:35
    luvguins
    +4
    Gee, I thought Bush did it, and now it's Israel? Psycho talk. Tin foil hats
  • Defendn... luvguins 2012/04/20 23:20:51
    DefendnProtect
    I know you better than this luvguins. Calling some one a loon is a Fox 'news' tactic when you don't got arguments. Please try to proof me wrong rather than trying to dismiss with 'psycho talk'.

    You're right about Bush he was involved as a puppet. Mossad (operational) involvement is undisputed by people who researched the issue. Only the extent is under debate. If you're interested in people who really pull the strings you should watch this vid. Please try and keep an open mind and not call somebody else names.

  • luvguins Defendn... 2012/04/21 00:29:40
    luvguins
    +2
    The imagination of conspiracy theorists is truly amazing, and they make it all seem so plausible. New World Order, Illuminati, Fema Camps, all the paranoid fantasies of Glen Beck, Alex, Jones, and Jesse Ventura. Chips in billions of people? Come on.
  • Defendn... luvguins 2012/05/03 17:27:46
    DefendnProtect
    He's just saying what he heard and not labeling it with any cult. What I don't understand is why people trust these ultra rich men who bought US government. Do you trust these rich men?
  • luvguins Defendn... 2012/05/03 17:32:15
    luvguins
    +1
    I don't trust them at all able to try and buy our elections now. They are tyrants.
  • Defendn... luvguins 2012/06/22 20:37:59 (edited)
    DefendnProtect
    Well said! Totally agree. These powerful rich fat cats have enough money, their play is to get total control over people and use terror as a weapon to get Americans to accept tyranny.

    These ultra rich families also got AND GET their money in a most disgusting way.

    They were behind and profiteered from about every war the last 300 years in my war ridden continent Europe. Getting governments in debt so they could profit from more government debt and extorting the people with more tax while our ancestors bled on the battle fields or died from hunger.

    “Get hold of fifty of the wealthiest Jewish financiers, the men who are interested in making wars for their own profit. Control them, and you will put an end to it all.” — Henry Ford, father of the automobile industry, the Cleveland News, 20th September 1923.

    Are These Jews Anti-Semitic?

    “We are at the bottom, not merely of the latest Great War, but of nearly all your wars; not only of the Russian, but of every other major Revolution in, your history . . . We did it solely with the irresistible might of our spirit, with ideas and propaganda.” — A Real Case Against the Jews by the Jewish writer and Rothschild biographer, Marcus Eli Ravage, Century Magazine, January 1928, Volume 115, Number 3, pages 346-350.

    ‘There is scarcely an event i...







    Well said! Totally agree. These powerful rich fat cats have enough money, their play is to get total control over people and use terror as a weapon to get Americans to accept tyranny.

    These ultra rich families also got AND GET their money in a most disgusting way.

    They were behind and profiteered from about every war the last 300 years in my war ridden continent Europe. Getting governments in debt so they could profit from more government debt and extorting the people with more tax while our ancestors bled on the battle fields or died from hunger.

    “Get hold of fifty of the wealthiest Jewish financiers, the men who are interested in making wars for their own profit. Control them, and you will put an end to it all.” — Henry Ford, father of the automobile industry, the Cleveland News, 20th September 1923.

    Are These Jews Anti-Semitic?

    “We are at the bottom, not merely of the latest Great War, but of nearly all your wars; not only of the Russian, but of every other major Revolution in, your history . . . We did it solely with the irresistible might of our spirit, with ideas and propaganda.” — A Real Case Against the Jews by the Jewish writer and Rothschild biographer, Marcus Eli Ravage, Century Magazine, January 1928, Volume 115, Number 3, pages 346-350.

    ‘There is scarcely an event in modern Europe that cannot be traced back to the Jews. We Jews are today nothing else but the World’s seducers, its destroyers, its incendiaries, its executioners.’ — By the Jewish scholar, Oscar Levy; in his preface to G. Lane-Fox Pitt Rivers, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution.

    ‘Thanks to the terrible power of our International Banks, we have forced the Christians into wars without number. Wars have a special value for Jews, since Christians massacre each other and make more room for us Jews. Wars are the Jews’ Harvest: The Jew banks grow fat on Christian wars. Over 100-million Christians have been swept off the face of the earth by wars, and the end is not yet.’ (Rabbi Reichorn, speaking at the funeral of Grand Rabbi Simeon Ben-Iudah, 1869, Henry Ford also noted that: ‘It was a Jew who said, ‘Wars are the Jews’ harvest’; but no harvest is so rich as civil wars.’)

    What about the aggressive invading American wars in the Middle Eastern wars for Israel? Bringing torture, theft, death, corruption and fascist police states in the name of democracy?

    PEACE AND PROSPERITY PLEASE!

    Research why about every country in history wanted the money masters out..
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  • luvguins Defendn... 2012/06/22 21:05:45
    luvguins
    I agree with most you say. Fascism is coming to America if Republicans here are voted into power.
  • Roger47 2012/04/20 21:08:13
    Roger47
    +4
    I have read Mr. Palast's book. There is a lot about the spill, and the dishonesty of the energy industry, that newspapers have not covered.
  • beavith1 2012/04/20 20:53:25
    beavith1
    +3
    oh for god's sake.

    quick dry cement? did he mean hydraulic cement? its not cheaper. where did that come from?

    the problem was that they had several people second guessing what the other guy was doing and nobody would make the right decision.

    if you believe this idiot, deep wells would be popping like this all over the Gulf.

    this problem occurred because of a culture failure that is part of any human error.. the same sort of culture failure that caused the Challenger explosion. nobody listened to the word STOP.


    excessive use of Corexit? its only bad according to the environuts.

    actually, Congress and the president did slow it down for a year, changed the oversight and is now offering permits apace. heh! democrat Bob Graham said that? somebody ought to get him in the loop.


    actually, if this writer would keep up with current events, nobody would be complaining about the release of permits.

    'Big Oil' doesn't make 'obscene profits'. its big money, but it costs big money to make it. 8% net of costs and taxes. they actually pay more in taxes/royalties/etc than make in profits.



    its a BS post Guins. BS.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/20 21:00:02 (edited)
    luvguins
    +3
    Sorry beavy, but the folks on the Gulf don't agree with you. The damage left is irreparable to the marine life there. You can disagree with the cause, but not the ongoing results. Another accident in the Arctic will prohibit any decent clean-up there.

  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/20 21:16:13
    beavith1
    +2
    irreparable? no hyperbole is there?

    the last article that i saw about 'BP, two years later' was going on about snappers with sores, but always couched it in terms of 'we can't be sure' and 'there is no hard proof'.

    then why diod you write it? its simple. its waving a bloody shirt for the wingut enviro species.

    when you get an argument like that, its not an argument. its an opinion piece.

    this post is an opinion piece and technically loaded with errors.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/20 21:35:22
    luvguins
    +3
    Now that is your opinion. Thought you were into water, not oil, beavy. Fishing is off, and who is going to eat the chemical imbued or deformed fish caught? Are you hoping for a job with BP? The objective of these companies is get the oil, and worry about accidents later. Had to be since they had 10 year old spill instructions.
  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/20 21:46:23 (edited)
    beavith1
    +1
    no. i was an environmental engineer for 13 years. this stuff doesn't frighten or confuse me.

    if you don't know what caused something, speculating that it might be related to something is bad procedure.

    how do you know that a certain amount of fish didn't have these sores before? yes. you can rely on what people tell you, but that's not a 'measurable' either.

    there have been studies that expected to find all kinds of oil and its breakdown products in the water column and they've found none. on the other hand they've found hotspots of organic oil residue on the bottom and studies continue as to its fate.

    for what its worth, when whales die at sea (well where else would they die :-) ), their bodies finally sink to the bottom and are quickly colonized by oil loving scavengers like tube worms who live off the bacteria that are thriving from the whales blubber. i believe one good sized whalefall can provide a specialized local ecosystem for something like 50 years.

    bacteria got 99% of the BP spill . maybe more. oil is an incredible energy source. as we well know.

    no. the objective is not to get the oil and worry about the mess later. you gotta stop listening to peolpe who say that. the CWA act established spill prevention and countermeasure rules as one of its major tennets ju...

    no. i was an environmental engineer for 13 years. this stuff doesn't frighten or confuse me.

    if you don't know what caused something, speculating that it might be related to something is bad procedure.

    how do you know that a certain amount of fish didn't have these sores before? yes. you can rely on what people tell you, but that's not a 'measurable' either.

    there have been studies that expected to find all kinds of oil and its breakdown products in the water column and they've found none. on the other hand they've found hotspots of organic oil residue on the bottom and studies continue as to its fate.

    for what its worth, when whales die at sea (well where else would they die :-) ), their bodies finally sink to the bottom and are quickly colonized by oil loving scavengers like tube worms who live off the bacteria that are thriving from the whales blubber. i believe one good sized whalefall can provide a specialized local ecosystem for something like 50 years.

    bacteria got 99% of the BP spill . maybe more. oil is an incredible energy source. as we well know.

    no. the objective is not to get the oil and worry about the mess later. you gotta stop listening to peolpe who say that. the CWA act established spill prevention and countermeasure rules as one of its major tennets just FOR the oil industry. it was also applied across the chemical industry, where i was, and trust me... you didn't want to run afoul of those rules.

    BP was human error brought on by a management failure that is quite punishable. as we well know. managers that cause spills don't last very long in this business.
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  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/20 21:53:14
    luvguins
    +4
    Maybe when more whales die in polluted water, maybe when more fish start looking strange, and more people keep getting sick someone will not brush this off as you are doing.
  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/22 22:25:01 (edited)
    beavith1
    +1
    i know its impossible for you liberals, but give me measurables, not feelings.

    my mention of whales wasn't for those that die in the GOM, it was for all whales that die in ANY ocean.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/22 22:58:14
    luvguins
    Tagged whales dying within days. Deformed shrimp and fish not seen before in the numbers now. Deny reality all you can.


  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/24 20:10:11 (edited)
    beavith1
    i'm denying nothing.

    i'm simply not accepting anecdotal stories as evidence. have the greenies do environmental studies and get them peer reviewed.

    that'd be acceptable.
  • luvguins beavith1 2012/04/24 21:37:27
    luvguins
    Stay tuned then. The EPA is on the case.
  • beavith1 luvguins 2012/04/24 21:50:31
    beavith1
    you know it.
  • DoxieDad beavith1 2012/04/20 22:52:30
    DoxieDad
    +3
    Beavith you are practicing an exercise in futility here.
    beavith practicing exercise futility
    The Gulf of Mexico is dead and the people along it are next.
  • beavith1 DoxieDad 2012/04/22 22:25:22
    beavith1
    +1
    if ican save one, it'll all be worthwhile.
  • DoxieDad beavith1 2012/04/22 22:31:36
  • beavith1 DoxieDad 2012/04/22 22:42:31
  • Getting... beavith1 2012/04/22 22:35:45
    GettingBarried
    +1
    You can't save any if they don't question their own beliefs; if they're happy in their mire and don't want to leave. Perhaps in a few hundred years a liberal will be pulled from a peat bog and society as it is will know what they ate.
  • beavith1 Getting... 2012/04/22 22:44:28
    beavith1
    +1
    the bog people were strangled and thrown INTO the bog.

    while i may want to strangle a democrat or two, itw ouldn't make a noticeable difference in their numbers.

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