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Just clean up the damn spill

Image courtesy of NASA

Here’s my logic: if an oil company is engaged in off-shore drilling, surely they’d consider the possibility of accidents like the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon. Surely they’d see the potential dangers of drilling for oil under 5,000 feet of water. Surely they would have some sort of tested protocol or procedure to follow in a disaster scenario. Surely there would be a Plan B and Plan C in place in case those procedures failed.

Apparently not so with BP. Now six weeks after the spill, and with no end in sight to the gushing oil, BP’s inexcusable lack of preparedness is in plain view. In their exploration plan for this particular oil well, BP repeatedly asserted that “it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals.” (Full story here.)

I might give BP a break if not for the company’s repeated attempts to convince the rest of us that it’s not a big deal — from CEO Hayward’s description of the spill as “relatively tiny” compared with the “very big ocean”, to instructing news media not to publish photos of dead animals. I’m compelled to wonder how they can expect to so brazenly B.S. people (what with these pesky¬†viral videos and everything).

It’s one thing to have a freak accident, but it’s another to have a preventable tragedy that claims human lives, destroys a natural environment, and puts thousands of people out of work — all because of lack of corporate and social responsibility.

My plea to BP: Stop making excuses, stop downplaying this disaster’s severity, and clean up your damn spill.

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