This raw footage is unbelievable. After two days of hearings with BP, Rep. Bart Stupak stated the company operates in a “culture of incompetence” and said he has little confidence that they have a plan. BP says it will take 75 days to shut down the flow, meaning the oil released in the Gulf will be double the Exxon Valdez disaster (unless it gets worse).
The best view yet of the Gulf of Mexico gusher came Wednesday as the House Energy and Commerce Committee released video of the oil and gas streaming into the ocean about a mile below the surface.
May 13: After two days of hearings on Capitol Hill, Rep. Bart Stupak’s confidence in British Petroleum’s ability to fix a massive underwater oil leak is waning.
“I don’t think they have a real plan yet,” Stupak, D-Mich. and member of the House subcommittee on Oversight.
Yesterday’s hearings revealed a long list of mistakes that possibly led to the April 20 blowout of a well in the Gulf of Mexico, including: bad cement, loose pipes and a dead battery.
Citing an internal BP memo, Stupak told CBS’ “The Early Show” that a “culture of incompetence” exists at the oil company.
“We have a serious problem, here,” Stupak said.
This spill could be double the Exxon Valdez:
BP America said Monday that it would take another 75 days to finish one of two relief wells it’s drilling to shut down the flow. By then, if the spill doesn’t worsen and the relief well stops the leak, some 20 million gallons of oil will be swirling in the Gulf, nearly double the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.
Unlike the Alaska spill, which coated a rock-strewn bay, BP’s oil will cling to a spongelike coast, entering the pores of mangrove forests and sea-grass beds and the breeding grounds for crabs, shrimp and oysters.
That’s the equivalent of one Exxon Valdez tanker full every four days.
…But sophisticated scientific analysis of sea floor video made available Wednesday by the oil company BP shows that the true figure is closer to 70,000 barrels a day, NPR’s Richard Harris reports.
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