Evidence now clearly points out the fact that as early as eleven months ago, BP was aware of a possible problem with the well casing and blowout preventer mechanism parts of their offshore oil drills — precisely the problems that occurred that lead to what is now the biggest oil spill disaster in the history of the United States. They cannot plead ignorance.
How have BP gone about trying to resolve the issue? Through inefficient measures and, of course, blocking access to the media. At one point, CBS was even threatened with arrest for trying to get news coverage of the disaster.
Other media, including The Associated Press, have reported coverage problems because their access has been restricted, though not all have linked the decision to BP. Government officials say restrictions are needed to protect wildlife and ensure safe air traffic.
Ted Jackson, a photographer for The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, said Saturday that access to the spill “is slowly being strangled off.”
We are going to be suffering the long term effects of this spill for decades to come. Beaches will be ruined, and there will be untold horrors with which the sea life will have to deal — if they live. If nothing improves with the cleanup effort, BP will be pushed aside to allow the US government to step in and actually fix the disaster that they caused.
I hope this disaster isn’t going to define Obama’s first term. If he doesn’t get ahead of the message and the solution, he’ll be stuck.
That’s right, David. I hope he pulls us out of this oily mess — or at least starts getting us out. As far as I know, we are STILL cleaning up the Valdez mess!