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Doesn't Anyone Have a Working B.S. Detector in Washington?
On March 24th, 2010, BP made some promises to federals regulators about its capacity to deal with an oil spill (and we all know what happened soon afterwards). One of these was that it was able to skim and collect "491,721 barrels of oil each day in the event of a major spill". Sounds like a lot doesn't it? Well, the reality turned out to be different... Read on for details.
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Read it and weep:
As of Monday, with about 2 million barrels released into the gulf, the skimming operations that were touted as key to preventing environmental disaster have averaged less than 900 barrels a day.
Skimming has captured only 67,143 barrels, and BP has relied on burning to remove 238,095 barrels. Most of the oil recovered -- about 632,410 barrels -- was captured directly at the site of the leaking well. (source)
Talk about theory and reality colliding...
What About Other Oil Companies?
This raises an important question: Are hyper-inflated capacity numbers for cleanup and capture the norm in the oil industry? Does it all look good on paper in Washington, but the next time there a big oil spill we'll once again only see about 1% of claimed capacity being effectively used?
Any investigative journalist or honest politician reading this? Please look into this story, or the Deepwater Horizon won't have taught us anything.
Via Washington Post
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