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  •  Gulf oil spill: BP accused of lying to Congress (10+ / 0-)

    Gulf Oil Spill Internal BP document ‘raises troubling questions about what BP knew, and when’, said congressman Ed Markey. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    BP has been accused by a senior US politician of lying to Congress to reduce its liabilities, after an internal company document showed that the oil giant's own worst-case assessment of the size of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was 20 times its public estimate.

    In the document, BP attempts to put a figure on the rate of oil spewing into the ocean. It notes that if the condition of the well bore deteriorates to the extent that crucial parts fall off, the rate could reach 100,000 barrels a day.

    When the company handed the document to Congress, it was claiming the leak was only 5,000 barrels a day, and that at very worst the figure could rise to 60,000.

    The document was circulated by Ed Markey, the Democratic head of the House sub-committee on energy and the environment. In a statement, he said: "This document raises very troubling questions about what BP knew and when they knew it. It is clear that, from the beginning, BP has not been straightforward with the government or the American people about the true size of this spill."

    "Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality." Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Pam LaPier on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 02:13:11 PM PDT

    •  BP responds... (8+ / 0-)

      "We've always said we would deal with whatever volume of oil was being spilled, and that's exactly what we're doing. We've mounted the biggest spill response in history," Odone said.

      Uh-huh, but you'll lie all the while.....

    •  Has anyone from a corporation (5+ / 0-)

      testifying before congress, who has been found to have lied, been sent to jail?

      This is just the cost of doing business to them, if they are not given jail time for lying.

      •  Miguel Tejada (4+ / 0-)
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        Over performance enhancing drugs.

        "Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality." Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Pam LaPier on Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 02:43:11 PM PDT

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      •  BPs lies; the Government's Lies (3+ / 0-)
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        NOAA's Lubechenko on Plumes

        Despite more than three weeks of accumulating scientific evidence that gargantuan plumes of oil lurk beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico -- presenting an imminent threat to sea life and a possibly decades-long threat to the nation's coastlines -- NOAA Director Jane Lubchenco on Wednesday refused to contradict BP CEO Tony Hayward's statement over the weekend that "the oil is on the surface" and "there aren't any plumes."

        NOAA's 5,000 bbl/day call

        The 5,000 barrel estimate by NOAA and repeated ad nauseum by the U.S. government and BP is now officially kaput and we can never speak of it again. (BP now claims it's capturing 5,000 barrels a day, but that's only from one of two leaks.)

        Dispersants BP/Govt. collusion

        BP is using two Corexit dispersants, not rated effective or safe for marine life, yet EPA approved them, risking far greater ecological damage.

        As for BP and the Obama administration, dispersant use is all gain and little pain, the idea being to break up as much oil as possible, let it sink, be out of sight and declare success, when, in fact, we may end up with a far greater catastrophe that's our problem, not theirs. That's how a business-government cabal works, stealing our wealth, civil liberties, and health for profit and dominance while claiming they're on our side.

        As for MMS - while nobody defends them

        The Interior Department's Mineral Management Service (MMS) long ago left industry giants free to pollute and spill, at most assessing occasional pocket change fines.

        •  I understand. Huff Po never distorts a story. (3+ / 0-)
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          The plumes are not necessarily oil, but areas which are oxygen deficient because natural processes broke down oil. And Wayward didn't refer to the actual definition of plumes, but to what people perceive when they hear plumes.

          BP lied and the government hadn't had the data results to refute them.

          Whomever said "we may end up with a far greater catastrophe" is just guessing since no study of this magnitude of a spill that has been treated this way exists and the actual landfall has been much less than anyone expected.

          And why use "long ago left industry giants free to pollute and spill" when there has been a process to correct MMS and we never would have known about  their problems if it weren't for investigators tasked with rooting out the problems there.

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