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Two Million Barrels Dumped

Gulf Gusher symbolThe Leak Meter, which only measures the oil dumped in the Gulf, not the oil that BP is recovering to sell, went over 84 million today. That is 2 million barrels or 272,740 metric tons of crude oil. Even at $50/barrel, which is a low price, that’s $100 million dollars wasted poisoning the Gulf.

McClatchy tells us what everyone who has ever been hurt by a corporation already knows: BP wasted no time preparing for oil spill lawsuits. Corporations have all the time in the world, so they will do their best to tie these cases up in court until the plaintiffs give up or die. Just ask the people who were wiped out by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, they’ll tell you.

Before they even considered what they were going to do about the oil erupting from the floor of the Gulf, they launched their legal defense campaign.