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BP Oil Disaster Day 51

Well, more bad news from the Gulf of Mexico; it appears that many of the most toxic components of the oil are not reaching the surface of the water, but rather remain in deep water.  This makes the clean-up effort for these enormous deep water plumes of oil extremely difficult.  Worse still, is the impact that the vast oil plumes may have on fish who are unable to avoid such large contaminated areas.

For those of you who have the sad delusion that justice will be swift and that BP will face the wrath of our legal system, take note of this:  in 1984 a chemical leak at a Union Carbide plant in India killed about 5,000 people and seriously affected nearly 600,000 more.  Union Carbide payed a $470 million settlement to the victims, which averaged to about $550 per person.  Now, the reason I bring this up is because this week eight Union Carbide executives were finally found guilty in that leak, sentenced to two years in prison, and each given a fine of about $2,000 dollars.  Just in case you’re wrestling with the math in your head, it took 25 years for “justice” to be done in this case.  Keep that in mind when you find yourself daydreaming about swiftly putting BP executives in jail.  Huge multi-national corporations have more money than God, and even though I hate to be the one to say it, if you think any significant punishments will be handed down to BP, you’re not a serious person.

This will be a daily update until the leak is stopped or BP no longer exists.  Whichever happens first.

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