New Evidence Implicates BP and the Bush Administration in a Cover Up
April 20 marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster.
Now evidence comes to light implicating top BP executives as well as its partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration in the deadly cover-up — which included falsifying a report to the Securities Exchange Commission.
This week, Ecowatch.org revealed that, in September 2008, nearly two years before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP rig had blown out in the Caspian Sea—which BP concealed from U.S. regulators and Congress. Greg Palast’s team located an eyewitness with new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.
The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BP’s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers “could have had a chance” of survival. But BP’s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate.
One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a money-saving technique—plugging holes with “quick-dry” cement. By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous methods in the Gulf of Mexico—causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Read more about the reporting here.
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