BP Plan Deemed Major Spill From Gulf Well Unlikely

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER -- Precious shoreline habitat along the Gulf Coast is being fouled by oil from the worst U.S. oil spill in decades.

The damage began as documents emerged showing British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at the rig that exploded, burned and sank.

BP's 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis said an accident leading to a giant crude oil spill and resulting environmental damage was unlikely, or virtually impossible.

The Coast Guard estimates now that at least 1.6 million gallons of oil have spilled, threatening to make it the worst U.S. oil disaster since the Exxon Valdez in 1989.

Environmental lawyer Robert Wiygul says he doesn't see anything in the BP document suggesting the company addressed the kind of technology needed to control a spill at that depth of water. He says they should have had a plan in place.

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  • by voter Location: nc on May 1, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    statements made by a platform employee indicate failure and explosion the result of outside interference. there were no alarms, warnings, indications or signs of any type of impending failure.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    It is amazing all the hurricanes and bad weather and these rigs had not had a major spill of oil into the gulf and yet an explosion covers everything. How often do they have explosions on these rigs? Is this something BP did on purpose? Was it terrorist? A mad employee? The way the news is treating it, for sure it was no accident.

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