BP Spill Response Plan Severely Flawed

An Associated Press analysis of a 2009 spill plan by BP shows that in no way was the oil giant prepared to handle a spill like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP's 582-page regional spill plan, approved last year by the federal government, vastly understates the dangers of an uncontrolled leak, and overstates the company's preparedness.

BP claims it could marshal enough resources to scoop up all the oil before any deepwater spill could reach shore.

BP's spill scenarios projecting something 10 times worse than what actually occurred have fish, marine mammals and birds escaping serious harm. Beaches remain pristine and water quality is only a temporary problem. The plan refers to marine mammals that don't live anywhere near the Gulf.

Also BP's proposed method to calculate spill volume differs from an internationally accepted formula that would produce estimates 100 times higher.

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  • by Palin Snake Oil Co. Location: Greenville on Jun 10, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    OSOC-Good thing Obama had USCG skimmers in the Gulf on April 29th, then. That is a FACT. He did just what you said he needed to do. So, what is your problem with that? Why are you purposely misrepresenting the truth? I'm not "defending the indefensible", I'm letting people know the TRUTH. There is not one thing I have written that is not a FACT. And, can you please define "commodered" for me? That's a new one.
  • by No Justice, No Peace on Jun 9, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    Perhaps we should try and plug this leak with BP executives. It would probably only take a dozen or so of those fatcats to plug the hole...
  • by thank you mr. know it all on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    osoc if he had sent the Valdez-Star in for clean-up, you would have been complaining about the clean-up at the taxpayers expense, You would have condemned him for not letting BP take responsibility. Give it a rest! Everybody knows YOU are indefensible when it involves Persident Obama.
  • by Palin Snake Oil Co. Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    I don't like "defending the indefensible"-nowhere have I tried to defend Obama. NOWHERE. I prefer to deal in facts and the truth, unlike you, OSOC. As CIC, Obama had the military join the clean up operation on April 28, and skimmers deployed to the Gulf on April 29. FACT. Why is that not good enough for you, OSOC? And, can you please define the word "commodered"? That's a new one for me.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Palin Snake Oil Co, again, please answer this question...you like defending the indefenseable, Why did obama not watch TV, hear news that the oil spill will growing? I knew about and so did you. He has resources through the government to stop this yet he did nothing almost as if he wanted it to happen. All he had to do was send all the skimmer ships we tax payers owe, get the oil off the water. He could have commodered the Valdez Star..It pumps out 3.3 million gallons of oil a day, the leak was 1 million,.he didn't...He waited a month before he did any real CIC responsibility..a month. Whey you see the oily bird, pelicans...just remember, its his fault for not getting it stopped before it hit land. Thanks for describing all of the government groups that will do nothing with leaking oil. Only the USCG Skimmers can, get it?
  • by American Location: NC on Jun 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    The plain and simple truth is that no one in autahoritive posistions care and no one in authoitive positions is making anyone do anything about it.Those in these positions only care about themselves.They can't see anything because they are only looking at there moneyand how to more at the expense of everything. Every day just keeps passing. One right after another. The unrepairable devastation just keeps unfolding and everyday that passes the residents and head of households suffer and start the process of perishing just like the natural resources and wild life. Hearing the head official of BP state that he wanted to "get on with his life" certianly showed his lack of concern. No one is going to do anything. The residents of the area are the only ones concerned and willing to do anything they can. But sadly they can't do it all.Just like Katrina.It proves that you can't depend on anyone but yourself. Even the governmental agencies designed for casttophies aren't/won't do enough.
  • by Palin Snake Oil Co. Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    I believe the biggest mistake Obama made was taking BPs word on the scope and magnitude of the spill. BP's CEO is quoted as saying that the environmental impact would be "very modest" and that there weren't any plumes-all of the oil was on the surface of the water. This situation parallels Katrina, where state and local response (in this case BP) was woefully inadequate, and the federal government had to scramble to find a way to help the Gulf Coast residents. However, "girl", you ask what has Obama done-he enacted the Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Interior, Homeland Security, EPA and NOAA to assist in the cleanup within a week of the spill. He is making his fourth visit to the Gulf next week. I'm neither defending nor commending Obama's actions, but for people to say he's done nothing but make one trip to the Gulf is plain ignorance.
  • by girl Location: williamston on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    Speaking of the oil spill disaster, you can say whatever you want to about President Bush, i know he made bad decisions, but when Katrina happened, he was there, he was visiting victims, and arranging aid, what has Nobama done with this current crisis, went to a beach once and said, oh ok....hhmmm. Where are you Nobama? I thought as the prez you were supposed to help figure this mess out and make some decisions or at least show show some outward support. Worst president EVER....sorry liberals.
  • by Momof3 on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Since everyone is so harsh of BP. let me remind you that there are numerous other companies that are drilling at those same depths in the Gulf. That said, they too should have the technology to fix this and if they did, they should have come forth to help. Since NO OTHER company has come forward that would be indicative that no one else had properly researched and planned what to do in an event like this. This situation, though tragic, is one that ALL companies can learn from. It is obvious that BP isn't the only company out there where this could occur.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jun 9, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    Stan, you are exactly right. That is the pre approved plan that the US Government already had in place. Why they didn't follow on that is anyone's guess. My guess is they wanted the disaster for political purposes.
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