BP has continuously lied about the amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and its effect on the Gulf’s environment. Despite numerous reports of recent sightings of oil in Gulf Coast waters and on beaches, and various scientific studies indicating giant plumes of oil found under the surface of the water, one of which was a staggering 22 miles long, BP has denied knowledge of any oil in these areas. The public relations campaign by BP, with the help of the federal government, has been busy selling the notion that all of the millions of gallons of oil that poured into the Gulf have either been cleaned up by BP or eaten by oil-digesting bacteria and microbes. Meanwhile, local fishermen, government workers, and even BP’s own crews, continue to pull up thousands of pounds of weathered oil. Putting things in perspective, we had an Exxon Valdez-size spill every five days in the Gulf. Most of that oil is still in the Gulf.
A research team from Columbia University found six inches of oil on the floor of the Gulf in late September. For some reason, the media has ignored this report. Despite the common knowledge of oil-contaminated water and sand throughout the region, BP is still lying about the situation. In addition to the Columbia University report, there was also a report by other scientists. It was reported on September 14th by one group that at least two inches of oil is lying on parts of the floor of the Gulf. This oil is mixed with the toxic chemicals used by BP. This disturbing information also has largely been ignored by the national media.
Scott Piggott, a BP employee who heads up cleanup in that area, claimed that reports from fishermen who were finding oil weren’t reliable. So far, BP representatives are consistently following the company line of “out-of-sight, out-of-mind.” They have managed to keep the truth about how much oil remains in the Gulf out of the mainstream media altogether.
Apparently, the truth about how much leaked oil still remains in the Gulf waters, and both the short and long-term effects of this environmental disaster, for some reason, are not fully understood by the media. As a result, folks outside the Gulf Coast states really don’t realize how bad things are. Hopefully, the media owners haven’t been overly influenced by the massive public relations efforts by BP. For example, BP’s public relations efforts have put over a hundred million dollars in the pockets of TV stations across the country for the misleading ads being aired.
In addition, BP has had a full page ad in every daily newspaper every single day for months. It’s time for BP to quit spending millions in television and newspaper ads and to stop lying about the Gulf. It’s also time for the media to start asking for and getting the truth.
Sources: Pensacola News Journal and Associated Press
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