NWF’s Larry Schweiger: BP “Report” Just More Spin

Deepwater Horizon

BP has issued the results of its self-evaluation in the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion. That disaster led to more than 200 million gallons of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. As Mother Jones reports:

While investigation into what happened on the rig on April 20 is far from complete, the company’s initial report attempts to shift some of the blame to the other companies involved in the disaster: Transocean (the owner of the Deepwater Horizon), Halliburton (the company charged with cementing the well) and Cameron (the manufacturer of the failed blowout preventer). BP has so far received the bulk of the criticism for the disaster, with its partners claiming that it was cutting corners to save time and money.

Here’s what Larry Schweiger, president & CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, had to say in response to the report:

BP has done three things consistently since the day of the explosion: Spin the story to protect the guilty, burden the innocent and trash the environment. And more than four months into the Gulf oil disaster, the Senate has done literally nothing to hold BP accountable or stop future oil disasters from happening.

For all the latest news on how the Gulf oil disaster is impacting communities & wildlife and to learn how you can help, visit NWF.org/OilSpill.

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Published: September 8, 2010