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'Still Struggling': Study of Gulf Species Contradicts BP's Slick Corporate Spin


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'Still Struggling': Study of Gulf Species Contradicts BP's Slick Corporate Spin

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Despite BP's claims that the Gulf of Mexico is making a robust recovery in the wake of 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster, an annual study of the ecosystem and its inhabitants shows that the effects of the catastrophic explosion and subsequent oil spill are still being felt—and in many cases, are not yet fully understood.


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BP should have suffered the corporate "death penalty", i.e. charter revocation. It's assets should have been seized by the U. S. government, and it's highest corporate officials tried and jailed for their crimes - labor related, as well as environmental and politically corrupt ones.


#3

Sure can't argue with that.


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Anyone that is buying into B.P.'s avalanche of PROPOGANDA and BULLSHIT LIES need only go to Cordova or Valdez Alaska and take in what the Exxon Valdez's ugly legacy has done to Prince William Sound's Alaska residents-
Check out the drug, alcohol and suicide rates that followed in the wake of this criminally negligent and irresponsible catastrophe - Check out the depleted Herring Roe industry along with the salmon, otter, Orca, seal, seabird etc. populations...
The SCOTUS as final judge, jury and claimant's refuge reduced the original suit to less than 10% of the original money owed back in 1989- Time and endless court battles are designed to favor big Industry-
I don't see much hope for the people of the Gulf of Mexico if BP gets it's way- In reality NO amount of money will ever restore Prince William Sound or the Gulf of Mexico anywhere close to what it was before Big Oil took A big dump on them!


The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on
March 24, 1989
260,000 to 900,000 bbl {new estimates place it at 600,000 to 760,000 bbl ?) With Exxon and BP LIE at all opportunity available , we will never know the true amount...

Shoreline impacted 1,300 mi-11,000 square miles of ocean.
From Wiki:
Exxon Shipping Company failed to properly maintain the ⦁ Raytheon Collision Avoidance System (RAYCAS) ⦁ radar, which, if functional, would have indicated to the third mate an impending collision with the ⦁ Bligh Reef by detecting the "radar reflector", placed on the next rock inland from Bligh Reef for the purpose of keeping boats on course via radar. This cause has only been identified by ⦁ Greg Palast (without evidentiary support) and is not present in the official accident report.⦁ [15]
Captain Joseph Hazelwood, who was widely reported to have been drinking heavily that night, was not at the controls when the ship struck the reef. However, as the senior officer, he was in command of the ship even though he was asleep in his bunk. In light of the other findings, investigative reporter Greg Palast stated in 2008, "Forget the drunken skipper fable. As to Captain Joe Hazelwood, he was below decks, sleeping off his bender. At the helm, the third mate never would have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his RAYCAS radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker's radar was left broken and disabled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was [in Exxon's view] just too expensive to fix and operate." [16] Exxon blamed Captain Hazelwood for the grounding of the tanker.[15]
Other factors, according to an MIT course entitled "Software System Safety" by Professor Nancy G. Leveson,[17] included:
1. Tanker crews were not told that the previous practice of the Coast Guard tracking ships out to Bligh Reef had ceased.1. [18]
2. The oil industry promised, but never installed, state-of-the-art iceberg monitoring equipment.2. [19]
3. Exxon Valdez was sailing outside the normal sea lane to avoid small icebergs thought to be in the area.3. [19]
4. The 1989 tanker crew was half the size of the 1977 crew, worked 12–14 hour shifts, plus overtime. The crew was rushing to leave Valdez with a load of oil.4. [20]
5. Coast Guard tanker inspections in Valdez were not done, and the number of staff was reduced.5. [20]
6. Lack of available equipment and personnel hampered the spill cleanup
Now, ask yourselves just who was obviously the guilty party here and a just as well as the Deep Water Horizon CRIME....Just look at the similarities in criminal, lazy, money saving agendas-And again, In reality NO amount of money will ever restore Prince William Sound or the Gulf of Mexico anywhere close to what it was before Big Oil took A big dump on them!


#7

The top Government Debarment official of the day claimed that because of the Iraq War, we needed BP to fuel our Military- This kept their (B.P.'s) Vendors license intact to continue soaking the U.S. taxpayer-
That very same week 2 Dept. of Defense spokespersons called bullshit and stated that there were plenty of Petroleum vendors to keep that illegal war going-
Go figure....


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Totally agree with you. Until these corporati ons are held fully liable for all damages, no matter if it the damages manifest themselves over decades, they will not stop this negligent behavior. Any subsidies or tax breaks they receive should be revoked and they should have to pay damage deposits on any future projects. There is only one planet in the currently known solar system that we humans and other forms of life can inhabit, and the corporations are bound and determined to destroy the whole darned thing. What will they when that happens? Their millions and billions of dollars will not protect them from extinction.