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BP Defied EPA On Use of Toxic Dispersants

Also, according to this article in the NY Times, it would appear — no surprise — that the US Coast Guard is a little too chummy with the British oil giant at the expense of the poor saps who pay their salaries. Gee, I wonder if our government could do something about that — like remove USCG Adm. Thad Allen as the Gulf disaster point man for the Obama administration.

Despite directive, BP used oil dispersant often, panel finds

EPA directed firm to stop using chemicals except in ‘rare cases’

by Matthew L. Wald
The New York Times
July 31, 2010

The Coast Guard approved dozens of requests by BP to spread hundreds of thousands of gallons of surface oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico despite the Environmental Protection Agencys directive on May 26 that they should be used only rarely, according to documents and correspondence analyzed by a Congressional subcommittee.

In some cases, the Coast Guard approved BPs requests even though the company did not set an upper limit on the amount of dispersant it planned to use.

The dispersants contributed to a toxic stew of chemicals, oil and gas, with impacts that are not well understood, Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, the Democratic chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, wrote in a letter sent late Friday to Thad W. Allen, the retired Coast Guard admiral who is leading the federal response to the oil spill.

In a conference call on Saturday morning, Admiral Allen and Lisa P. Jackson, the E.P.A. administrator, said they had worked together closely and had come very near to achieving the agencys goal of reducing dispersant amounts by 75 percent.

On May 26, the E.P.A. directed BP to stop using dispersants on the ocean surface, except in rare cases when there may have to be an exemption, and to limit use of the chemicals underwater.

But Mr. Markeys letter pointed to more than 74 exemption requests in 48 days, of which all but 10 were fully approved by the Coast Guard. In some cases, BP asked for permission after it had already applied the chemicals, the letter said. And in one case, the Coast Guard approved the use of a larger volume of dispersants than the company had applied for.

Read the rest of the article here.

Today’s Quote: Why Indeed?

“Why would Fox News so vociferously and ardently defend BP when even Republicans were fighting to get in front of microphones to denounce Rep. Barton’s apology and the company’s approval rating is, quite literally, somewhere between O.J. Simpson and Saddam Hussein? It’s the same reason they attacked Obama when he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and the same reason they attacked him for asking that the country pray for the Gulf coast. It doesn’t matter what Obama does, Fox News will automatically gainsay it. It doesn’t matter if they make no sense, look foolish, or wildly contradict themselves — if Obama does it, it’s wrong. He could replace Teddy Roosevelt’s face on Mount Rushmore with Ronald Reagan’s and they’d attack him for desecrating an American landmark.”
— Simon Maloy, Eric Hananoki, Ben Dimiero, “Fox News’ Oily Sheen,” Media Matters, June 25, 2010.

Watch For It! The latest Noise Machine Strawman-from-the-Ozone accusation: There are blind, unquestioning Obama supporters out there who want him to declare himself dictator, just like that Hitler fella! Except for a comment from Woody Allen (hint to humorless righties: he’s a satirist as well as a director) from a Spanish newspaper, I have found no progressive on the Inner-Tubes or other media who seriously wants Obama to declare himself a dictator, but that won’t stop the wingnuts.

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