President Larry Schweiger of the National Wildlife Federation, stated that BP has too much information regarding the Gulf Oil Spill, and has refused to release this information to the public. Mr Schweiger followed up with this remark, by stating , “The Gulf of Mexico is a crime scene and the perpetrator cannot be left in charge of assessing the damage.”
BP has continually refused to release data, which handicaps other knowledgeable parties from evaluating the crisis. University researchers have offered to lend a hand in determining the extent of the damage. However, due to the lack of information provided by BP, researchers went away frustrated, and thus were unable to make a thorough assessment of the situation.
With BP Halliburton, and Transocean blaming each other for the spill, it is not clear who exactly is at fault. However in a President Obama’s weekly radio address, he stated that BP, Halliburton, and Transocean were all responsible for the leak. He then promised that he would hold Washington responsible for ensuring that the companies be held liable for their actions. On the other hand, within the last month, it appears the government has been slow, if not non-existent, in it’s involvement of this disastrous event.
BP reported that there were 5,000 barrels of oil leaking per day since the day of the rig explosion. Coincidentally, BP recently reported that they are now siphoning away approximately 5,000 barrels per day also. Due to public pressure in releasing more information about the amount of leakage, BP attempted to “calm the waters” by releasing an underwater video of the oil leak. After reviewing the released video, scientist accused BP of underestimating the amount of the oil leakage by more than 65,000 barrels. According to Reuters, scientist say that there are close to 70,000 barrels of oil leaking daily. That leaves a net of 65,000 barrels per day, still leaking since April 20th.
In conclusion, the public is angry and tired of the “song and dance” played by corporations who care more about filling their pockets, than they do about the safety and well-being of the public. Many environmentalist are worried about the short and long term effects that the oil will have on our seafood, wildlife, and environment. However, for a month we sat and waited, with very little information about the biggest potential oil disaster in history. This is the perfect example as to why I do not support off-shore drilling. When catastrophes such as this happens, large corporations find it more important to cover “their assets”, than they do about standing on truth, respect for life, and honoring humanity. Furthermore, no one is taking responsibility, and they are intentionally refusing to release information to the public. Sure we can learn to build bigger and better preventative technology over time. But can we guarantee that corporate giants will always do the right thing, even if it cost them?