Four months ago, who would have thought that we would still be as far away from the truth as we are. The contractor referenced above, Jesse Gagliano, who works for Halliburton, testified that two days prior to the April 20th explosion, he warned BP in an email that they were risking an explosion if they proceeded with fewer than seven stabilizers, a warning which obviously BP chose to ignore. I could go on in this vein for days and hardly repeat myself. The documentation of this terrible tragedy could probably fill warehouses, but out of all of this whirlwind of facts and figures, accusation and counter accusation, finger pointing and avoidance of responsibility, one thing stands out clearly.
The people, the wildlife, the economy and the environment of the Gulf Coastal region will never be the same. For the many also affected by Hurricane Katrina, just five short years ago, it must seem as if they are living under a curse, some spell contrived by an evil wizard. Two catastrophic events in such a short time might appear to be the work of a wicked genie. But mundanely enough, aside from an act of Nature like this huge storm, most of our current woes could have been avoided by the use of better planning, better management, strict attention to safety procedures and constant monitoring of equipment by BP.
With total assets of $248,620,000,000, BP has, in the last three years, spent Zero Dollars on research into disaster cleanup. From day one they have lied about the massive amounts of oil fouling the waters of the Gulf and spreading outward. Now they are fighting as hard as they can to deny the claims of those whose entire lives have been destroyed by the greed of BP and those who have conspired with them against the American people.
We the people must keep these facts front and center on the world stage, and we must be vigilant in helping to bring those responsible to justice. We must do this for our brothers and sisters still suffering at the hands of corporate greed, lies and injustice. This is not simply about money, it’s about a whole way of life, gone forever. It’s about families who lived on or near the water and led peaceful, productive lives as generations before them had. It is for them, and for their children, that we must continue the battle.
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