A few days ago I suggested that the Gulf Oil spill could soon become Obama’s Katrina if it hadn’t already.
[…] BP has done nothing up to this point that would threaten
their investment and they won’t. Their concern is for their bottom line
and not the environment of the Gulf or the way of life of the people
who depend on it. If the Top Kill operation does not work the Obama
administration should take over the operation from BP and do whatever it
takes to stop the flow even if it destroys BP’s investment and BP
should never be able to drill another well in US waters. If that does
not happen this will rightly be called Obama’s Katrina.
Now it is looking more and more that the Obama administration is complicit with BP to cover up the extent of the spill.
The scientists assert that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies have been slow to investigate the magnitude of the spill and the damage it is causing in the deep ocean. They are especially concerned about getting a better handle on problems that may be occurring from large plumes of oil droplets that appear to be spreading beneath the ocean surface.
The scientists point out that in the month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the government has failed to make public a single test result on water from the deep ocean. And the scientists say the administration has been too reluctant to demand an accurate analysis of how many gallons of oil are flowing into the sea from the gushing oil well.
“It seems baffling that we don’t know how much oil is being spilled,” Sylvia Earle, a famed oceanographer, said Wednesday on Capitol Hill. “It seems baffling that we don’t know where the oil is in the water column.”
BP, the company in charge of the rig that exploded last month in the
Gulf of Mexico, hasn’t publicly divulged the results of tests on the
extent of workers’ exposure to evaporating oil or from the burning of
crude over the gulf, even though researchers say that data is crucial in
determining whether the conditions are safe.
Moreover, the company isn’t monitoring the extent
of the spill and only reluctantly released videos of the spill site
that could give scientists a clue to the amount of the oil in gulf.
role as the primary source of information has raised questions about
whether the government should intervene to gather such data and to
publicize it and whether an adequate cleanup can be accomplished without
the details of crude oil spreading across the gulf.
And what happens if the media attempts to report on the extent of the damage?
Perhaps BP Oil has decided that their reputation is already so shot to
shreds why even bother pretending to be nice. Last night CBS Evening
News aired a segment on the oil spill and included a clip of BP
contractors turning the CBS crew away from investigating part of the
oil-drenched Louisiana shoreline under threat of being arrested if they
proceeded. The contractor, or a Coast Guard…it’s not quite clear, told
CBS that they were merely enforcing BP’s rules.
It would appear that like BP the Obama administration thinks it is in their best interest to conceal the true volume of the leak and its environmental impact. This will not end well for the Gulf or the Obama administration.