'Well, could we get some respirators or something, because that s--t is bad.' He said, 'No, that wouldn't look good to the media.'
Last month, BP CEO Dudley told the annual BP shareholders meeting
in London that Corexit
"is effectively ... dishwashing soap." But the Louisiana Environmental Action Network
's scientific adviser, Wilma Subra
, a chemist whose work on environmental pollution had won her a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, told state and federal authorities at the time that she was especially concerned about the mixture of crude and Corexit. Flashforward to 2013, the civil trial
against BP is underway, and an investigative reporter talks about the cover-up in a long article at Newsweek
, more previouslier
posted by spamandkimchi
on May 2, 2013 -
The Oil Spill Commission held its first hearing on the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Monday at the New Orleans Hilton. During the public comment portion, local residents came forward to tell their own stories of loss and fear and frustration over the oil spill and the moratorium.
When words failed, music prevailed.
posted by nola
on Jul 13, 2010 -
On May 10th, 2010 ExxonMobile had an oil spill in Nigeria Delta. It is somewhere around the 16th worst
oil spill in [wikipedia reported] world history, at 95,000 tonnes
(696,350 barrels or 214,475,800 gallons). Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it.
Oil spills are a regular occurrence in Nigeria, about 300 a year, it is estimated over the past 50 years about 1.5 million tons have been dumped in the Delta, equivalent to the Gulf War oil spill (the largest spill on record) or 50+ Exxon Valdez. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on May 30, 2010 -
Gulf Oil Spill "Out of Control"
New estimates of the BP oil spill have it spilling out 25,000 barrels of oil a day, far higher than the original estimates of as low as 1,000. NOAA fears that it could get to as high as 50,000 barrels a day.
Alabama's governor, said they are planning for a worst case scenario of 150,000 barrels (6,000,000 gallons)
a day. That's an Exxon-Valdez every two days and a fix may be months away
. The question now may not be whether this is Obama's Katrina
, but whether it's his Chernobyl
posted by empath
on May 2, 2010 -
On March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef
in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling more than 11 million gallons of crude oil. The spill was the largest in U.S. history and tested the abilities of local, national, and industrial organizations to prepare for, and respond to, a disaster of such magnitude.
Oil from the massive spill, which coated 1,200 miles of Alaskan coast, continues to threaten the damaged ecosystem
there, long after experts believed it would dissipate.
Facing a $5 billion damage award, Exxon appealed, and won reductions
to $4.5B, then $2.5B. It was still too much, the company argued.
Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Exxon's appeal
. Justice Alito has recused himself. [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson
on Oct 30, 2007 -
Kinder Morgan oil pipeline ruptured near Vancouver, British Columbia
Thick, black oil dripped from lampposts, splattered across suburban lawns and crept into Burrard Inlet
after a geyser of crude spewed from a burst Kinder Morgan pipeline Tuesday. [google news]
Work crews ripped into the TransMountain pipeline
about 12:30 p.m., causing the oil to "explode," as one witness put it, from the ground and burble up from manholes, pouring down streets toward the ocean, according to witnesses.
Kinder Morgan bought the pipeline from a Canadian utility in 2005, and is known as a "poster child for pipeline problems."
More Kinder Morgan
posted by KokuRyu
on Jul 24, 2007 -
and more photos
from the Nautile’s firsts dives to the Prestige
wreck, a single-hulled tanker that broke in two while it was towed to open sea after the discovery of a breach in its hull.
It has been an ecologic and economic disaster for Galicia, Spanish’ northwest coastal region famous for its seafood. But it also has been a political scandal for the PP (Partido Popular), in the government both in Galicia’s autonomic parliament and in the central government, because of its late response and efforts to hide the catastrophe manipulating the public broadcast system (and the friendly private networks). Too little, too late, Jose Maria Aznar
While politicians throw shit to each other, a quarter of the 20.5 million gallons of fuel oil already spilled are now spreading through the coastline covering everything with what locals call “chapapote”, a sticky mix of sea water, fuel oil and sand. The Prestige sits now at 3.500 meters of depth, slowly leaking fuel oil to the surface. The Nautile, one of the few mini submarine that has been used to record and take pictures from the Titanic wreck
, it’s being hired by the Spanish government to asses the situation
(Spanish language link) and try to stop the leakage.
Popular action in the form of a white tide of volunteers has been phenomenal, forcing the government to act and assume responsibilities. But the issue at hand is much larger: will the European Union effectively ban single-hulled tankers? Why the rules that govern the seas permit flag of convenience ships that can elude so easily its responsibility?
See more images
posted by samelborp
on Dec 19, 2002 -
Darwin's Paradise Lost.
I'm really suprised no one's mentioned the oil spill that's threatening some of the most rarest animals in the world right now. With oil spill after oil spill, it really amazes me that we're not experimenting with safer, cleaner fuels
. Although I wonder what would happen to wildlife should you spill 144,000 gallons of ethanol
....though you can't really spill hydrogen
or solar fuel
, can you?
posted by bkdelong
on Jan 23, 2001 -