BP’s Same Old Song and Dance


We understand rhythm in Louisiana, and I’m catching onto the BP-government tune by now: Make some absurdly low claim, have it refuted by nearly every independent scientist in the country, drag your feet about updating the absurdity, then use the original “estimate” as an anchor to obscure reality. Rinse and repeat.

Oil flow? Will you buy 5,000 barrels a day? Dispersants? No worries, so what if they’re banned in some places. How much oil is left? Let’s just say 75 percent is pretty much gone.

On cue, those without political jobs are singing a different tune on the oil’s whereabouts. Like the independent scientists at the University of South Florida who are finding poisoned plankton, the base of the food chain. And that, of course, follows that report from Georgia that as much as 80 percent of the oil remains. So it seems British Petroleum got it pretty much backwards (again), saying 25 percent of the oil remains…rather than 25 percent is gone. Ooops.

And that doesn’t even take into account how much natural gas, which also spewed from the gusher, is still around. Natural gas starves the ocean of oxygen and some estimates say it will remain a problem for at least a year.

Read more about the song and dance routine: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/08/scientists_raise_new_questions.html

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Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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