Whistleblower Shocker: BP Deliberately Sinking Oil with Corexit to Hide Liability

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Testimony before a U.S. Senate investigative panel this week is expected to confirm what many of us have suspected about BP all along; they don’t care one iota about the environment, the dying animals, and the destruction of an American way of life in the region courtesy of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In a shocking interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on June 29th, Allegiance Capitol Corporation V.P. Fred McCallister said that BP is deliberately sinking oil with the toxic chemical dispersant Corexit, to hide the size of the oil spill. By sinking the oil before it can be collected, BP won’t have to pay fines on it.

McCallister said:

“Everybody in Europe, where the standard practice is to raise the oil and collect it, is scratching their heads, and quite honestly laughing at what’s happening in the Gulf. Everyone is looking at us and wondering why we’re allowing this to happen.”

McCallister is set to appear before a Senate investigative panel on Thursday and testify that BP’s only interest regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is protecting its own financial interests. His statements explained why BP has been refusing offers of help from additional foreign skimmers.

BP’s fear is that independent skimmers would be able to count the number of gallons collected, and thus provide the U.S. government with data to assess spill rate financial penalties against BP, according to McCallister.

McCallister goes on:

“BP is in control of this situation and they are doing what’s in the best interests of BP and their shareholders.”

As I’ve said all along; BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is more than an ordinary environmental disaster. It’s a crime scene and the Federal government under President Obama must treat it as a crime scene.

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12 Responses to Whistleblower Shocker: BP Deliberately Sinking Oil with Corexit to Hide Liability

  1. Chad Lebanon says:

    As long as the Obama administration places its trust in BP to do what’s right by the American people, the oil giant will get away with this.

    Fred McCallister had better get security protection after he testifies before the senate because once he speaks out, he will become BP’s primary target.

    I am anxious to see what the US Justice Dept. does with his testimony?

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    I agree. The oil spill area is a crime scene and BP can’t be allowed to control access or hide evidence that Justice can use to prosecute them. The Obama White House is so smitten with Big Oil that I just don’t expect him or his team to play hardball with the oil giant.See what happens when you receive upwards of $1.8 million from one industry for your campaign?

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    This isn’t much of a shocker. It more or less fits in with BP standard operating policy.

  4. R.J. says:

    This is just another reason why we should be worried about the Supreme Court’s ruling that corporations have the same rights as people.

    What the hell’s wrong with our country when we allow this to happen?

  5. fran says:

    They can try to hide, but they can’t run.
    Here is a partial list of the environmental laws BP has viloated:

    Relevant Laws: For summaries and links to these, see:
    http://www.darrp.noaa.gov/about/laws.html#OilPollution
    • Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 (NOAA promulgated regulations for assessing natural resource
    damages under OPA. (15 CFR Part 990)
    • Clean Water Act
    • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or
    Superfund)
    • National Marine Sanctuaries Act
    • Anadromous Fish Conservation Act (AFCA)
    • Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
    • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    • Executive Order 11988—Construction in Floodplains
    • Executive Order 12898—Environmental Justice
    • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA)
    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • Park System Resource Protection Act
    • Rivers and Harbors Act
    • National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, 40 CFR Part 300.

    Between the Government, the clean up, the lawsuits… including 11 wrongful death lawsuits, I will predict BP will no longer exist when all is said & done.

    BP will stand for bankrupt polluter

  6. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    If memory serves, didn’t the EPA instruct BP to stop using the lethal dispersant Corexit?

    BP basically told the EPA to fuck off because they know what’s best, and the Obama administration just put its hands in their pockets and said, “yes, Boss, whatever you say.”

    And you wonder why 58% of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of the oil disaster?

  7. TOM339 says:

    Eric Equality Kuntz,

    Your memory is fine. This is exactly how the scandal involving Corexit played out.

    Now, President Obama reassured the American people that every decision BP makes is first approved by his team. If this is true — and I assume the president is telling the truth, then the use of Corexit was signed off on by Mr. Obama’s administration.

    If I was a lawyer, I would conclude the president is culpable in this oil sinking scandal. It’s a simple matter of connecting the dots.

  8. Harry says:

    Great resource list, Fran. I am looking at this and reading everything. BP needs to be prosecuted to the fullest of the law. Where is Holder? Crickets.

  9. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    BP and its attorneys have a lot of skin when it comes to liability claims and how to avoid paying them.

    The now infamous Texas City explosion injuring 180 and killing 15, fewer than half the victims and their families have received a settlement from them.

  10. Smooch says:

    I agree with Harry. Where the hell is Eric Holder?

    It’s not enough to talk tough. You have to deliver on your threats to prosecute BP. Even if the British PM told Obama to go easy on BP because so many retired British pensioners depend on their quarterly dividend from BP to survive.

  11. They won’t be laughing when the loop current carries some of the oil to European shores.

  12. Adirondacky says:

    They said the relief wells are within 15 feet of the Deepwater Horizon well. Then we will see if BP can successfully cap the well or if they will have to talk nuking it closed.

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