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Typical Arrogance

Gulf Gusher symbolThis is such a normal part of corporate behavior that you rarely read about it anymore. This is from McClatchy – Supervisors reject BP’s plan to use landfill for oil spill waste

GULFPORT — Harrison County supervisors voted unanimously Monday to oppose BP using the Pecan Grove landfill in Harrison County to dump waste from the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Supervisors found out last week during a meeting with elected officials that the unified command’s preliminary plan called for putting debris into the landfill. The board said it is “stringently opposed” to that plan.

Marti Powers, a spokeswoman for BP, said every agency involved with unified command received input about the best way and the best places to put the debris. She said Pecan Grove was on a pre-approved list of sites.

“We are open to suggestions for other places to put waste,” she said.

Ms Powers, y’all have a corporate headquarters and it is probably fairly large, so take your hazardous waste there, because you can’t dump it in a regular landfill.

I think it is about time that the public and officials got access to these “pre-approved lists” that BP keeps referring to, along with clear indications of who made the approvals. The Federal government can’t tell a county that they have to accept things, and most county landfills will not accept trash from outside of that county.

June 8, 2010   4 Comments

On The Lighter Side

Gulf Gusher symbol Via Dr. Cole of all people, a video: The BP Oil Spill Re-Enacted By Cats in 1 Minute.

Because someone finally explained the difference between “circumstantial” and “direct” evidence to Dr. Lubchenco: Under water oil plumes confirmed

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said that the tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface 42 miles northeast of the well site and also oil below-surface oil 142 miles southeast.

Lubchenko said the analysis “indicate there is definitely oil sub surface. It’s in very low concentrations” of 0.5 parts per million.

Next I suppose the Doctor will have to be led to the EPA standards on pollutants to discover that many of the components of crude oil are considered hazardous when they occur in parts per BILLION, not parts per million. I would assume that as a marine biologist she is aware that most of the animal life in the Gulf filters the water for oxygen, and some for food, so oil in any concentration will eventually cause death.

June 8, 2010   20 Comments