Monday, 10 May 2010

BP disaster oil leak

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The BP oil leak that started on 21st April is an environmental disaster. Whilst BP have claimed today that 90,000 barrels have been recovered (up from 30,000 on 7th May) they are less forthcoming about how much has already leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.
Estimates vary between 5,000 and 20,000 barrels a day gushing into the sea. Friends of the Earth have warned of the potential lethal affects of the oil impacting on the marine ecology.
Questions have to be asked (given BP's protestations that turning off and controlling the leaks is not easy) as to what were the company's contingency planning and disaster recovery plans? It is little use saying the problem is 'difficult' given the fact that they must have known how difficult it would be if anything went wrong. 
Oil and oil sheen from oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Where was Plan B? the enquiries into this disaster should result in severe penalties for the company to send a strong message to all oil companies that the risks they run to make huge profits ($6 billion for the first quarter of 2010) are not acceptable. I don't rate trying golf balls as the obvious solution and certainly not the answer buried BP's Plan B......

I think BP will have to review its pretty chart on its website for "oil spills".

There is no immediate end in sight for this disaster.

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