Even as BP scrambles to spin facts and restrict information about the true extent of the damage, its reputation as a responsible petroleum corporation, and indeed the reputation of the entire industry, is leaking out faster than the oil.
Two new oil spills have occured in the past few days, adding to the desperation many feel about how out of control things seem to be.
Tuesday BBC News reported that emergency teams were called to the scene after two ships – a oil tanker and a bulk carrier – collided in waters off Singapore. The most recent reports state that as a result of the collision, the oil tanker sustained a 10 meter gash in its hull, releasing an estimated 14,600 barrels of light crude oil into the ocean.
Because containment crews responded to the Singapore spill site so quickly, and because there is only a finite amount that can leak out of the tanker, officials believe that the environmental damages will be minimal. Currently shipping lanes and traffic are believed to unaffected by the 4 kilometer radius oil spill (Pattay Daily News).
Another oil industry mishap occured yesterday as well, once again on American soil, and once again BP was the corporation in control of the malfunctioning equipment.
Reuters reported that a power outtage on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline triggered the opening of relief valves, causing an unspecified volume of crude oil to overflow a storage tank into a secondary containment.
Although no injuries were reported, over 40 people had to be evacuated from the site while BP engineers tried to restore power and figure out what went wrong. While incomparable to the magnitude and destruction of the Gulf spill, this incident reinforces the shadow of doubt already growing with regard to BP’s attention to safety and government regulations.
For over a month, people around the world have watched as hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil gush into the ocean from an open wound in the Earth- a wound created by profit-hungry oil companies.
Many are beginning to understand, perhaps for the first time, that there is no way to make the process of extracting oil safe, for people, animals, or the environment.
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