Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline Shut Down After Valve Leak (Update2): Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., whose biggest shareholder is BP Plc, shut the Trans-Alaska system yesterday after a leak of “several thousand barrels”… (via BusinessWeek.)
It doesn’t look like this will be as bad as BP’s catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico – still going on, now in its second month –
5 Weeks of Gushing Oil: ‘Top Kill’ Plug Readied: Marking five disastrous weeks, BP readied yet another attempt to slow the oil gushing into the Gulf on Tuesday as a federal report alleged drilling regulators have been so close to oil and gas companies they’ve been accepting gifts and even negotiating to go work for them… (via ABC News.)
– but you know, at some point you need to stop and begin asking some serious questions…
If you want to play connect the dots, this leaking pipeline transports crude from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez – the port that gave its name to the Exxon Valdez, the tanker which in turn gave its name to what is widely considered to have been one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever. Of course, thanks to BP, we now have a serious contender for this dubious crown of achievement.
And oh yeah – Prudhoe Bay was the site of a major spill in 2006. What kind of spill? Oil. Whose spill? BP. Why? Negligence.
To refresh your memory…
Justice Department Targets BP Over Massive 2006 Oil Spill: “The Justice Department recently filed a civil suit against BP’s Alaska unit over two massive oil spills in Prudhoe Bay three years ago… (via News Junkie Post.)
Fmr. EPA Investigator Scott West: US Has Told BP “It Can Do Whatever It Wants and Won’t Be Held Accountable”: One month after the BP oil spill, we speak to Scott West, a former top investigator at the Environmental Protection Agency who led an investigation of BP following a major oil pipeline leak in Alaska’s North Slope that spilled 250,000 gallons of oil on the Alaskan tundra. Before West finished his investigation, the Bush Justice Department reached a settlement with BP, and the oil company agreed to pay $20 million. At the same time, BP managed to avoid prosecution for the Texas City refinery explosion that killed fifteen workers by paying a $50 million settlement…. (via Democracy Now!.)
Congressmen raised concerns about BP safety before Gulf oil spill: In the months before BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig sank in a ball of fire in the Gulf of Mexico, the company had four close calls on pipelines and facilities it operates in Alaska… (via guardian.co.uk.)
To outrage you…
Fucking BP. Fucking Big Oil. Fucking corporate negligence and shareholder value. Fucking Hummers and SUVs and Big Auto and suburban developments and shopping malls… What we need are oil spills at the mall, instead of the wetlands and beaches, spills that kill our addiction to a profligate and unsustainable lifestyle of empty consumption, instead of birds, beaches, whales, turtles, bays, the Gulf of Mexico….