BP to scale back clean up
Unbelievable that the first words from the new chief of
BP is ‘scaling back’ clean up efforts. What an incredible statement. The oil is still in the Gulf, people’s livelihoods are ruined, contamination everywhere, millions of dead fish, oil on beaches and this guy has the audacity to announce a ‘scale back’.
Scaling back from an already dismal performance is not what is needed here. Full court press to rid us of the contamination of this oil is better put. Of course, the government will most likely do nothing, exactly what it has been doing for months now…with a few exceptions.
BP boss Dudley says oil clean-up will be scaled back
Workers on a beach Workers will be pulled back from clear beaches
Incoming BP chief executive Bob Dudley has said it is time to scale back some parts of the oil spill clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico.
Virtually no oil has been released into the Gulf since a new cap was closed on 15 July.
And skimming crews have reported only tiny quantities of oil out at sea.
But Mr Dudley insisted BP’s commitment to tackling the environmental damage would continue, saying: “We’ll be here for years.”
“You will see the evidence of a pullback because we have boom across the shores all the way from Florida to Louisiana. Those only last for a certain number of tide cycles,” Mr Dudley told reporters in Biloxi, Mississippi.
“And where there is no oil on the beaches you probably don’t need people walking up and down in Hazmat suits. So you’ll probably see that kind of a pullback. But commitment, absolutely no pullback.”
Mr Dudley also provided an update on efforts to permanently seal the well.
The “static kill” procedure is likely to be done on Tuesday. Mud will be pumped into the top of the well.
This procedure will help with the permanent “kill”, using mud and cement, that will be done once a relief well is finished. This will happen by the end of August, Mr Dudley said.
BP has just reported a record $17bn (£11bn) loss, having set aside $32bn to cover the costs of the spill.
On 20 April, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing an oil spill that soon became the worst environmental disaster in US history
For three months, a massive slick has threatened the shores of Louisiana and other southern Gulf Coast states.
Once again, the good of the People are offset by the profits of a Corporation!