Two headlines from today’s news caught my eye. Each is bad enough on its own, but taken together they are exponentially more infuriating.
- BP to Challenge Government Estimates of Oil Spilled
“During the disaster, BP did whatever it could to avoid revealing the true flow rate of the spill,” Mr. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a statement.
- After the Spill: Few Signs of Life on Gulf Ocean Floor
Scientists researching the impact of this spring’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are dismayed to find little sign of life at the bottom of the ocean floor, a place that would normally be teeming with sea creatures.
So we learn a couple things.
Now it’s clear why BP was blocking access and obfuscating all attempts to estimate the flow of oil from their well. They’re on the hook for $4,300 per barrel spilled. Futhermore, we now know where all that spilled oil mysteriously disappeared. It’s at the bottom of the Gulf, and everything is dead there.
Of course, I’m not supposed to complain about any of this for fear a moratorium will further damage the local economy which is so dependent on offshore drilling operations.