Shedding light on the dark hole in the Gulf

Linked with Jerry Mazza – USA. – Published by Online Journal, by Jerry Mazza, June 14, 2010.

Do you have this feeling that despite all the press, you don’t really have a clue what’s going on down there in the oil-hemorrhaging Gulf, that is, with either the spill or BP. Except that the whole situation is getting worse by the minute? But here’s some light for thought.

Despite huge amounts of advertising as a Green Company, BP was named by Mother Jones Magazine as one of the “ten worst corporations” in both 2001 and 2005 based on its environmental and human rights record. “In 1991 BP was cited as the most polluting company in the US based on EPA toxic release data.” 

BP catastrophes include the 1993-1995 Hazardous substance dumping; in 2005, the Texas City Refinery explosion; in 2006-2007, the Prudhoe Bay oil spoil due to corrosion in BP’s Alaska pipelines; in 2006-2008, the Texas City refinery fatalities; in 2007, Propane price manipulation; in 2008, Oil price manipulation; in 2009, a North Sea helicopter accident; and of course in 2010, the infamous Deepwater Horizon oil spill”.

With BP’s record, the latest disaster should come as a surprise to no one. But a scan of the 33-page wiki document should give you a really good idea, a third of the article being supporting footnotes for BP’s short memory. You can also view BP’s contributions to political campaigns, which go hand in hand with its record … //

… What is equally interesting is that finally, “These new calculations came as the public wrangling between BP and the White House was reaching new heights, with President Obama asking for a meeting with BP executives next week and his congressional allies intensifying their pressure on the oil giant to withhold dividend payments to shareholders until it makes clear it can and will pay all its obligations from the spill.” Perhaps Obama will finally “kick some ass.”

The Times added, “The higher estimates will affect not only assessments of how much environmental damage the spill has done but also how much BP might eventually pay to clean up the mess — and it will most likely increase suspicion among skeptics about how honest and forthcoming the oil company has been throughout the catastrophe.

“The new estimate is based on information that was gathered before BP cut a pipe called a riser on the ocean floor last week to install a new capture device, an operation that some scientists have said may have sharply increased the rate of flow. The government panel, called the Flow Rate Technical Group, is preparing yet another estimate that will cover the period after the riser was cut.

“The new estimate appears to be a far better match than earlier ones for the reality that Americans can see every day on their televisions. Even though the new capture device is funneling 15,000 barrels of oil a day to a ship at the surface, a robust flow of oil is still gushing from the well a mile beneath the waves.”

And so it goes, above and beneath the oil-smeared, scandal-stained surface of the truth. (full text).

(Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer and life-long resident of New York City. Reach him by e-mail His new book, “State Of Shock: Poems from 9/11 on” is available at, on Amazon or on


BP on wikipedia, last modified on 14 June 2010 at 08:25;

GRANDES MANOEUVRES AUTOUR DE BP du 14 au 17 juin 2010.

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