As the Deepwater Horizon investigation goes on, those who doubted the honesty of the information the public was given on the scope of the disaster are now having their worst suspicions confirmed. “The Obama administration blocked efforts by government scientists to tell the public just how bad the Gulf oil spill could become and committed other missteps that raised questions about its competence and candor during the crisis,” according to mlive.com.
From the moment the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010, there was certainly plenty of blame to go around for the disaster. The best way to cover up the true impact of the oil spill was for the US government and BP to work together to try to hide everything from how much oil was really spilling to what actually caused the disaster.
Even after the well was capped on July 15, the US government tried to play down the event by claiming that just about all the oil had disappeared. The EPA chimed in with a u-turn on the dangers of Corexit, the dispersant BP used to the tune of almost 2 million gallons. In May, the EPA told BP to stop using it. In June, the agency suddenly claimed it was as harmless as dish soap.
“By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill, or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem,” the report added.
Whistleblowers and documents are now emerging that paint a picture of deception on everything from the size of the spill, to the real damage to the environment, and the public health risks from the oil and chemicals that will remain in the Gulf of Mexico for generations to come.
Sources and more info:
BP media blackout feeds conspiracy theory with false govt. reports of vanishing oil
Panel blasts Obama Administration for hiding BP oil spill data