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BP Get it in Perspective

Cameron has jumped on the Obama band wagon and critises BP over the oil leak off the US coast. That’s easy to do and yet another Prime Minister sucks up to the US instead of sticking up for Britain.

Let’s put it in some sort of perspective. Yes, it is a monumental environmental disaster, that is undeniable. Did BP want it to happen, of course they didn’t. Did they act promptly with more than one measure to cap off the leak? Certainly, it was amazing how quickly they manufactured the ‘cone’ and now this other device to trap a good part of the oil. At the same time they are drilling two new bores to take away the pressure to enable the fractured pipe to be sealed off and all at several miles below sea level. They are funding and organising a massive installation of booms to prevent as much as possible of the oil from washing ashore and that which gets through is being collected. Given the speed of events and the unique situation they should be applauded.

I’m certainly no supporter of greedy multi nationals but credit must surely be given when it’s due. As long as the world cries out for more oil when supplies are diminishing then oil extraction will become more risky and dangerous. We must reduce our dependency or live with consequences.

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4 thoughts on “BP Get it in Perspective

  1. Dave on said:

    I have been saying this to everyone I know, dead right, this is something to be proud of, the engineers are fantastic and must have be working around the clock.

  2. Alex Pettigrew on said:

    Doesn’t the US Gov. carry some responsibility? Who abandoned the moratorium on deep drilling in the Gulf?

  3. Indeed the US does. On top of which US shareholders own 39% of the company and the UK 40% so equal responsibilties I think.

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