The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The impact on the environment has been disastrous, and with every failed attempt to stop the underwater leak, and with every poor creature now colored black, the effects of the oil will last a lifetime.
But is it the oil leak itself that makes BP PLC a monster…a down right evil villain, bent on hurting the world?
Not really. BP is only one part of a larger problem. BP is simply the recent mascot for all that can go wrong with offshore drilling, and the Gulf spill is sadly a symptom of this.
What makes BP evil is its lack of care towards the disaster. It’s their obvious desire to save face rather than saving an ocean.
Right from the start, BP was more concerned about reputation damage control than tackling the disaster head on. They downplayed the actual amount of oil that was gushing into the Gulf. If BP had accidentally set a house on fire, they would have claimed only two rooms to be ablaze, when, in fact, the whole house, and everything inside, was already ash.
BP also put the environment in further danger with their choice of dispersants. BP immediately went to work, dropping thousands of gallons of the dispersant Corexit over the oil. Dispersants break down oil into little droplets that will sink into the water. The problem with Corexit is its high level of toxicity. BP’s sin is that it had options as to what dispersants to use. Other EPA approved dispersants have been shown to be less toxic and even more effective. BP has claimed to have used over 400,000 gallons of Corexit, and another 805,000 gallons are on the way.
So, why is BP using the more harmful choice?
This particular dispersant is manufactured by Nalco Co, which has BP and Exxon executives as part of its leadership. If BP chose to use the less toxic- 10 to 20 times less toxic in some instances- and more effective dispersants, they would essentially be choosing to use the competition.
Scientists are saying the environmental impact caused by the dispersants could be unprecedented. All because BP put business above the environment.
More recently, independent scientists and government officials have discovered oil plumes that are hundreds of feet deep and stretching for miles. The dispersants have sank a lot of oil, yes, but now the oil is suspended beneath the surface. This will wreak havoc on the food chain and endanger scores of species. Many of these species are now laying eggs, too, which would quickly die once they make contact with the oil.
The plumes will even prolong the poison to fish, Larry McKinney, director of the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, explained to the AP.
And even though a team from the University of South Florida discovered an oil plume heading toward the continental shelf off the Alabama coastline last week- waters that are full of fish and other marine-life- BP CEO Tony Hayward has poised himself to take on the researchers’ claims by denying the existence of the plumes.
BP is fully responsible for this historic disaster. It never should of happened. Everyone from humans to the tiniest of plankton are affected and harmed by the spill. BP endangered an entire environment, but what makes BP a monster is its inhuman ability not to care.
BP’s public deception, and their greater concern over falling stock prices is a crime to humanity, marine-life and the environment. This is what makes BP a villain.