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Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in Current Events, Outdoors | 4 comments

The Pictures BP Doesn’t Want The World To See

A large pelican, covered in oil, struggles in the surf at East Grand Terre Island in Louisiana (c) Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesSeven weeks since the BP-leased oil platform Deepwater Horizon exploded and the ruptured line from the bed of the Gulf of Mexico began spewing raw crude oil into the ocean. Seven weeks also, lest we forget, since 11 men lost their lives in the employ of Big Oil and the search for profits.

And seven weeks since BP’s corporate spin-doctors starting playing cover-up games, buying up Google adwords in an effort to direct traffic to their sites of choice, and preventing journalists trying to expose the true extent of the damage, even going so far as to co-opt the US Coast Guard in their efforts to prevent access to the sites of coastal damage, and threatening them with arrest.

Here are some more of the reasons why BP are going to such lengths:

A dead fish, covered in oil, floating near the shore at East Grand Terre Island in Louisiana (c) Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesA laughing gull, covered in oil, on the shore at East Grand Terre Island in Louisiana (c) Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesSee more here (if you can stomach it): Think Progress 1 & Think Progress 2 & The New York Times & The Washington Post.

The only positive in the wake of all of this? BP’s share value has dropped some 20% in the past seven weeks.image


  1. Can there be any better example of what greed (or shall I say extreme capitalism) do to the "beautiful" planet?

  2. The share price falling only means they have less money to pay for the clean up….

    The need for oil is the big problem.

  3. Oh Greg, I feel like weeping 🙁

  4. Horrific and like the car manufacturers they expect the government now to sort out the nonsense that they have created and YAY they've been able to stop it by 50% this weekend. NOT GOOD ENOUGH I TELL YOU.


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