Foot-in-Mouth Disease


It’s interesting that BP CEO Tony Hayward has told the British press that his job is on the line. See this link,

In an interview with the Guardian at BP’s crisis centre in Houston, Hayward also insisted that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant which BP has pumped into the sea to try to disperse the slick were relatively “tiny” amounts. “The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume,” Hayward said.

It’s tough to decide exactly where to begin when discussing all the things that are wrong with Hayward’s comments. I disagree, big time, with Mr. Hayward’s assessment of the potential human health risks posed by the spill. With a spill of this size, the threat to human health will always be a serious concern. Mr. Hayward and BP have many questions to answer. Maybe, if he can’t deal with the human health risks, he can answer questions about what exactly is on board the Damon Bankston, a boat which has been docked in Port Fourchon containing mud from the Deepwater Horizon site. Supposedly, the FBI and other federal agencies are holding the boat.

Also, Louisiana sources tell us the latest capping effort has been postponed until the weekend. What’s going on, BP?

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