Dirty facts about the BP oil catastrophe
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- BP was responsible for the botched cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill which (20 years later) has still not been remediated. Many species including herring have never returned to the area.
- Just a few weeks before Obama announced his expanded offshore drilling program, a Congressional investigation was launched into faulty engineering on a BP oil platform in the Gulf (Atlantis).
- BP has repeatedly lobbied and testified before Congress about the need to eliminate regulation on oil and gas extraction processes.
- President Obama received the largest single contribution from BP of all presidential candidates ($77,000) in 2008.
- Since the spill, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has OK'd as many as 26 drilling approvals for BP using the same "categorical exclusions" that eliminated the need for a detailed review of the Deepwater Horizon and the Atlantis.
- BP, the EPA, and the Coast Guard continue to state that the leak is only 5,000 barrels per day. Oil insiders told me almost two weeks ago that the leak was at least 25,000 barrels per day. Though BP denies it, scientists now agree the leak is at least 50,000 barrels per day (VIDEO) making it equivalent to four Exxon Valdez spills and counting ...
- BP broke profit records in the first quarter of 2010 — $6.1 billion — yet they successfully fought a bill that would raise their liability payments to $10 billion.
The members of the two congressional committees responsible for reviewing the BP mess have collectively received $12.6 million in campaign contributions from petroleum interests. Here's the graphic from Public Campaign Action Fund:
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