Friday, September 2, 2011

15 months later


"Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst environmental disaster in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well. According to oil trackers with the organization 
On Wings of Care who have been monitoring the oil since early August, rainbow-tinted slicks and thicker globs of oil have been visible. On August 18 reports surfaced that a large swath of oil sheen was reported near the site of last year's oil disaster. BP officials, in coordination with the US Coast Guard, deployed two submersibles to investigate the site. BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster is, to date, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.
       BP has used at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic dispersants to sink the oil, in an effort the oil giant claimed was aimed at keeping the oil from reaching shore. The dispersants are banned in at least 19 countries, including the UK." 

When BP was questioned they gave this statement

"We can tell you that we recently sent a remote operated submarine down to inspect the Macondo well cap and the relief well cap," Tom Mueller, a press officer for BP America has said, "Both are intact and show no evidence of any oil leak. So no oil is leaking from the Macondo well."

The way I look at it, even if this leak isn't directly from the Macondo well cap it is directly linked to BP's drilling and exploration in the area. BP has been avoiding clean up costs and outright blame since the beginning, this company is poisoning our oceans and actually profiting from doing so.

*Info courtesy of aljazeera.net

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