Sunday :: Aug 1, 2010

It's important to wipe down a crime scene to remove your fingerprints

by Oly Mike

if you do not want to be questioned about why you were at the crime scene.

So, does this overuse of dispersant look like wiping down a crime scene to you? There is a question about where all the oil went now that the BP Gusher has finally been capped, and we may figure out the answer to that question over the next decade as the impact arrives in fisheries and ecosystems, but overuse of dispersant may help BP avoid some direct accountability and the concomitant liability.

And remember, the dispersants are not benign substances, but they may be more difficult to track than the BP Deepwater that has an oil fingerprint that can be identified.

The function of a corporation is to maximize profits and minimize liabilities. You connect the dots.

clipped from

New questions arise on dispersant use in oil spill

NEW ORLEANS – As BP inched closer to permanently sealing the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, congressional investigators railed against the company and Coast Guard for liberal use of toxic chemicals that helped disperse the oil, but at unknown expense to sea life.

The Coast Guard routinely approved BP requests to use thousands of gallons of the chemical per day to break up the oil in the Gulf, despite a federal directive to use the dispersant rarely, the investigators said. The Coast Guard approved 74 waivers over a 48-day period after the Environmental Protection Agency order, according to documents reviewed by the investigators. Only in a few cases did the government scale back BP's request.

Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., released a letter Saturday that said instead of complying with the EPA restriction, "BP often carpet bombed the ocean with these chemicals and the Coast Guard allowed them to do it."

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