Thursday, May 31, 2012

WSJ: BP Probed on Leak Estimates

Wall Street Journal May 29, 2012 p. A2.

[excerpt] "Federal investigators are exploring whether BP PLC representatives lied to Congress about how much oil was leaking after the Deepwater Horizon accident...

"...Investigators also have looked into whether engineers involved in an effort to seal the well in the Gulf of Mexico tried to withhold data from the government that would reveal more about the true size of the leak..."

Majia here: BP had help. I'm re-posting a comment I made last year:

Majia's Blog: Friday, April 15, 2011

The Guardian is reporting on how BP and the White House tried to hide scientific findings on the scope of the Gulf disaster.

Here is the link to the memos that the Guardian is posted. They were obtained using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act

Here is the Guardian's story

[from the Guardian] "Emails expose BP's attempts to control research into impact of Gulf oil spill Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials discussing how to influence the work of scientists...

"Other documents obtained by Greenpeace suggest that the politics of oil spill science was not confined to BP. The White House clashed with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last summer when drafting the administration's account of what has happened to the spilled oil. On 4 August, Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, demanded that the White House issue a correction after it claimed that the "vast majority" of BP oil was gone from the Gulf. A few days earlier, Lisa Jackson, the head of the EPA, and her deputy, Bob Perciasepe, had also objected to the White House estimates of the amount of oil dispersed in the gulf...."
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Majia here: BP has an extreme record of corporate misdeeds and the U.S. and U.K. governments have helped them hide and/or manage these misdeed. 

Here are some of the headlines I've examined over the last 2 years written by me, as well as other BP critics:

Longish essay on BP's gulf oil spill: 
The BP Gulf Oil Spill Was the Rehearsal for Tepco's Fukushima

Whistleblower: BP Oil Platform Present, Imminent Danger By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune 19 March 12

Environmental Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: The Escalation of BP's Liability As oil, sickness and contamination persist, Gulf residents and lawyers file thousands of lawsuits against the oil giant.

BP, The Gulf and Amoratized Lack of Responsibility. August 2011

BP's Gulf Oil Well Is Leaking Again: "It’s A Dead Ringer For The [BP] Oil, As Good A Match As I’ve Seen" August 26, 2011

BP Macondo Well Still Leaking, Seafood Dangerous, Animals Still Dying

BP Macondo Well Still Leaking, Seafood Dangerous, Animals Still Dying  March 5, 2012 

Dolphin Deaths in The Gulf: Why the Censorship of Science?  April 5, 2012 

BP Cover-UP of Blowout 2 Years Before DeepWater Horizon

Whistleblower Claims BP Atlantis Platform Unsafe

BP Hid Oil With Corexit Knowing Civil Penalty Is Per Barrel

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