Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Walruses Safe in the Gulf of Mexico

Hide the knives.

Are they hidden? Good. Read on and behold what BP cobbled together and federal regulators approved:

A BP contingency plan drawn up to deal with a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was riddled with errors and miscalculations, including the naming of a long-deceased scientist as a recommended expert on wildlife contamination.

Running to 582 pages, BP's Regional Spill Plan for the Gulf was approved by the US government last year ... Under a heading of "sensitive biological resources", the document lists walruses, sea otters, sea lions and seals as potential victims of an oil spill, although none of these are found in the Gulf region.

According to the plan, even in the event of a leak 10 times worse than the present one, oil would not reach the shore because drilling operations are too far out to sea: "Due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected." [emphasis mine]
Well, let's be generous -- it is true that BP's spill has not harmed any walruses, sea otters, sea lions, or seals; there's no compelling evidence that that dead scientist does not approve BP's plan from beyond the grave; and, to date, there are miles and miles of shoreline this oil has truly not reached. I saw none of it off the Oregon coast last weekend, for example.

Do what you like with the knives. Ready the pitchforks.

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Reuben said...

Amazing. Egregious stupidity or malicious contempt for the public, the law, and the existence of non-fossilized animal and plant life. While motivational accounts differ, the criminal effects remain indistinguishable.

Dale said...

Reuben, it's beyond disgusting.

info said...

Although it was a mindless cut-and-paste action, the "walruses in the gulf" issue left some South Louisianians saddened that some people might really not know what animals are really being damaged down here. We put together this video to show them.

Dale said...

"info", Thanks. I think.