Thursday, June 3, 2010

Today in BP Oil Disaster: Day 45

Posted By on Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 3:06 PM

• Reuters now has a timeline of the oil fiasco. You might want to bookmark it.

• BP's latest scheme, the diamond saw, failed yesterday. Up next: giant shears. See red: Meanwhile, the widened wellhead is expected to spew up to 20-percent more crude until the cap can be fitted. But they tell us this morning they've sliced off the top of the damaged riser.

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We're getting five of the sand berms that Billy Nungesser has been pleading for. (If you're on Facebook, friend Billy. He's kicking ass.)

37 percent of the Gulf of Mexico is now closed to fishing, up from 31 percent on June 1.

Time asks: How Bad Could It Get?

SHUT UP TONY I:

The Financial Times quoted Tony Hayward as saying it was "an entirely fair criticism" that the company wasn't fully ready.

"What is undoubtedly true is that we did not have the tools you would want in your tool kit," Hayward was quoted as saying.

However, Hayward said BP had been successful so far in keeping most of the oil away from the southeastern U.S. coast.

"Considering how big this has been, very little has got away from us," Hayward was quoted as saying.

The objective, provable thing to say about that is it's a damned lie, and it's contradicted by your own company, whose every number has been wrong so far, which admits it has no idea how much oil is actually escaping, and which refuses to let independent scientists conduct their own tests:

“The answer is no to that,” a BP spokesman, Tom Mueller, said on Saturday. “We’re not going to take any extra efforts now to calculate flow there at this point. It’s not relevant to the response effort, and it might even detract from the response effort.”

And in an unsigned editorial today, The Times-Picayune calls BP an inveterate liar as well.

SHUT UP TONY II:

The latest containment effort comes on Day 45 of the disaster, as BP, under fire from seemingly every angle, launched a national ad campaign that continued Thursday with television spots featuring Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward issuing an apology and promising to "make this right."

You can help make this right BY NOT SPENDING MONEY ON A NATIONAL AD CAMPAIGN IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CRISIS AND GIVING THE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE BEING RUINED.

• Love or hate her politics, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did fine work last night explaining exactly what our wetlands are, what they do, how they're endangered and why they're vital not just to Louisiana, but to America.

USA Today on the dispersant/health controversy:

Few studies have looked into the long-term health effects of oil exposure. Brief contact with small amounts of light crude oil and dispersants are not considered harmful, the story says. But, long-term exposure to dispersants can cause central nervous system problems, or do damage to blood, kidneys, or livers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• If you're not following Mac McClelland's reporting on Grand Isle for Mother Jones, you're missing out:

The workers who were staying next to me in my Grand Isle motel last week told me that when BP (not, in this case, and for the record, a subcontractor) had instructed them that they couldn't talk to the press, it'd involved a warning that media organizations would go so far as to dub audio propaganda over their videotaped commentary, putting unflattering words in their mouths.

• The group SeizeBP.org is planning a week of protests across the country starting today and continuing through June 10. So far, New Orleans is not on the list of cities where a protest is scheduled.

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