Thursday, 3 June 2010

Another BP Oil Spill

A few days ago the MorningStaronline carried an article by Greg Palast.

The first few lines are:

With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there's no space in the press for British Petroleum's most recent spill.

Just last week over 100,000 gallons were lost at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. It still is.

Last Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after "procedures weren't properly implemented" by BP operators, say state inspectors.

"Procedures weren't properly implemented" is, it seems, BP's company motto.

Big business, politics, law-breaking, blackmail are all there.

Palast continues,

…. we know BP cares about nature because it has lots of photos of solar panels in its annual reports - and it has painted every one of its gas stations green.

The green paint job is supposed to represent the oil giant's love of Mother Nature. But CEO Tony Hayward knows it stands for the colour of the Yankee dollar.”

For the full story please read The MorningStaronline here.

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