Tuesday, May 22, 2012

BP Execs lied to Congress and Public about Gulf Spill




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BP claimed that what happened in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico DeepWater Horizon oil spill was a total surprise to them, unprecedented they said. However an identical oil spill happened to them in the Caspian Sea in 2008. 

The problem it seems wasn't lax supervision as widely claimed by the US media, but rather BP's decision to cut costs and use cheap cement to cap the well. It's called quick-dry cement. Mix nitrogen in the cement and it turns into something like a cement milkshake. It's easy to pour, it dries quickly. However, like any milkshake, if you put a straw in it and blow into it, you get bubbles. When that happens in an oil well, you get methane and it can blow out the rig. That's what happened in the Caspian Sea. That's what happened in the Gulf of Mexico. 

WikiLeaks documents show a meeting of the BP Azerbaijan President Bill Schrader  with then US Ambassador Derse and UK Ambassador Browne. Chevron, which is a BP partner in the region, wanted to know where their share of the oil money was?  Former Secretary of State Condalezza Rice was a Chevron board member for over a decade, so they called in a marker to have her investigate BP.  The US State Department called in Bill Schrader, and this is when it was revealed what happened with regards to the Caspian Sea oil spill. BP urged that the issue remain swept under the rug and be kept classified. 

Chevron kept it quiet. Exxon kept it quiet, they knew about it too. The U.S. State Department kept it quiet. BP kept quiet. MI6 in Britain, secret service, kept it quiet. They hid it from the U.S. Congress. BP, Chevron, and Exxon all went before the United States Congress and said, we've never had a problem with deepwater drilling, six months before the Deepwater Horizon oil platform blew up. 

So why haven't you heard about this? This story was reported on at the BBC and RT, but not a single US media outlet would run it despite the fact Greg Palast offered it to them. One surprising rejection was from PBS Frontline, who instead ran a story about how the disaster was caused by lax oversight by government regulators.  Palast notes at the time Chevron was the number one donor to PBS and may have pressure them to bury the story. This however doesn't explain why none of the other American media outlets would cover the story.

Democratic Progress would like to thank Greg Palast and The Real News Network for their fine job in reporting this story when the main stream corporate media wouldn't.

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