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Some Oil Spill Related Articles Worth Your Attention

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I know oil spill coverage is everywhere, but here are a few articles that are worthy of your attention:

Greg Palast: BP’s OTHER Spill:

With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there’s no space in the press for British Petroleum’s latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. Still is.

On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after “procedures weren’t properly implemented” by BP operators, say state inspectors. “Procedures weren’t properly implemented” is, it seems, BP’s company motto.

Few Americans know that BP owns the controlling stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline; but, unlike with the Deepwater Horizon, BP keeps its Limey name off the Big Pipe.

There’s another reason to keep their name off the Pipe: their management of the pipe stinks. It’s corroded, it’s undermanned and “basic maintenance” is a term BP never heard of.

How does BP get away with it? The same way the Godfather got away with it: bad things happen to folks who blow the whistle. BP has a habit of hunting down and destroying the careers of those who warn of pipeline problems.

(Thanks Bill!)

Think that’s bad?

More oil is spilled in the Niger every year than has been spilled so far in the Gulf:

Forest and farmland were now covered in a sheen of greasy oil. Drinking wells were polluted and people were distraught. No one knew how much oil had leaked. “We lost our nets, huts and fishing pots,” said Chief Promise, village leader of Otuegwe and our guide. “This is where we fished and farmed. We have lost our forest. We told Shell of the spill within days, but they did nothing for six months.”

That was the Niger delta a few years ago, where, according to Nigerian academics, writers and environment groups, oil companies have acted with such impunity and recklessness that much of the region has been devastated by leaks.

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig last month.

That disaster, which claimed the lives of 11 rig workers, has made headlines round the world. By contrast, little information has emerged about the damage inflicted on the Niger delta. Yet the destruction there provides us with a far more accurate picture of the price we have to pay for drilling oil today.

(Thanks Marshall!)

And I haven’t even read this yet, but ProPublica has a long and damning investigation on BP.

And just in case you’re not furious enough yet, BP is spending $10,000 a day on Google ads to spin the disaster.

Nigerian: “Since I Discovered the Use of Lizard Dung, I Have Found Peace”

Getting high off lizard dung seems to be all the rage in Nigeria, and the authorities are getting worried (duh!). The best way to do it, apparently, is to “mix it with water and a blue laundry detergent.” According to a user Agence France Presse interviewed, “it produces a strong effect similar to the effect of drinking strong whisky to excess on a hot day.” Another user, who smokes it, said “I can’t find a job given my low academic qualifications. Since I discovered the use of lizard dung I have found peace because whenever I smoke it with tobacco all my worries are gone.”

Agence France Presse: Could It Possibly Be True Department — New African High?

(via Plastic)

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