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Some people have been asking me what’s the point of the contest ( Contest info in Artist's comment Remember Tomorrow by yuumei )Pretty much everyone knows there is a Bp oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but how many people actually knows the details of the spill?  

Other people have been telling me that the spill was just an accident, so I should leave Bp alone, because accidents happen. Sadly, they wouldn’t say that if they know the details of the spill (hence the contest).

In my painting Remember Tomorrow by yuumei I said “Remember this sin. Remember tomorrow.” So what is an accident vs a sin?

An accident would be if the oil rig exploded for no reason regardless of all the safety measures they could have put in place. A sin is when greed is turned to shortcuts on safety measures for greater profit at the cost of people’s lives and the environment.

Where is the proof of this greed? Let’s see…

Bp decided to choose a cheaper method of casing steel tubes in the well, a method that’s so unsafe that one of Bp’s own engineers described it as a “nightmare well” in an e-mail. When engineers showed their concerns, the e-mail response they got was "But, who cares, it's done, end of story” (Read more at blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpun… )



That’s just one small example of why the rig explosion is not an accident. I’ve honestly lost track of all the things I’ve seen in the news. Some other snippets of info include how Bp has committed 97% of all egregious and willful violations (as in they did knowing it’s illegal for the sake of money).  www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05… Bp made 58 billion dollars in pure profit last year, but they only spent 29 million on research for safer drilling methods and guess what, $0 research to improve response efforts in case of an oil spill. That’s why they’re still using the same floating booms as 30 years ago.

Now, let’s pretend that the spill was just an accident that nothing could have prevented. Even then, Bp is committing sin by lying in just about everything which hampers clean up efforts.



First, they lied about the amount of oil they were spilling. On April 24th, they said only 1000 barrels were leaking per day, now we know it’s 60,000 barrels per day. Wait, what if they just didn’t know? Wrong. They knew and lied about it. They knew that up to 100,000 could be spilled but they refused to let independent scientists (as in people not working for Bp) have access to data and images for them to estimate the real amount that’s spilling. Scientists had to work with a low quality video that Bp was forced to release due to government pressure, but guess what, Bp had an HD video all along.

Lying about the amount of what’s spilling (a difference of  60 times) not only messed up the clean up effort (how many people do we need?) but also attempts to stop the leak (a cap or dome designed for 1000 barrels isn’t going to work on something that’s spilling 60 times more). That is why all efforts to stop the leak have failed. Bp isn’t even trying to stop the leak now. They’re just going to wait until the relief well is drilled, but that won’t be until August at the earliest and 2011 at the latest. That’s right, that’s 60,000 barrels (2,500,000 gallons) to 100,000 barrels leaking every day since April to August, or maybe even until next year.

Bp also denies the 22 mile long underwater oil plumes that’s poisoning the fish even though all the scientists have found plumes (they even traced the oil molecule back to the Bp well). www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05…

Then there is the clean up effort itself. Fishermen out of jobs due to the spill became Bp cleanup workers since they have no other choice. But wait, the oil is toxic and statistic from the Exxon Valdes spill showed that the oil fumes can cause serious health issues, and can lower one’s lifespan by 30 years (most of the cleanup workers of that spill died in their 50’s). It wouldn’t be a problem if Bp provided them with breathing masks, but they say the headaches and vomiting the workers are experience is due to food poisoning. What if the workers just bring their own mask? Well, they can’t or they will be fired. It’s part of the contract. WTF? Well, if the workers were wearing masks, the public will see just how toxic the oil really is, so workers, under contract, can’t protect their health because Bp doesn’t want you to know the truth. rawstory.com/rs/2010/0611/rfk-…

Clean up workers aside, they're also burning life sea turtles on purpose. Way to go, Bp, Not only will they cover the wildlife with oil, they'll burn them to death before others can clean and save them. When volunteers try to save the turtles trapped on booms, Bp won't let them and burned the turtles. www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzCN7q… What is Bp thinking? If they burn them to ash, there won't be evidence washed up on shore?

To what extend does Bp what to keep the public in the dark? Well, before Obama made Bp set up a 20 billion dollar escrow fund to pay the people impacted by the spill, Bp was nickel and dimming the people yet they spent $50,000,000 on TV ads alone to lie to you guys that they’re being responsible. That 50 million is just TV ads alone, Bp won’t release how much they’re paying Google and other search engines to have their site, filled with lies, at the top of the search list. Why don’t they spend that 50 million on actually solving the problem instead of lying about it? blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpun…

Dead dolphin filled with oil washed up on shore

So how sorry is Bp for all the shit they’ve caused? Ask Bp CEO Tony Hayward who said “I want my life back.” www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZAVcP… Really? You know who else would like their life back? The 11 men that died in the explosion, the hundreds of thousands of dead birds, turtles, fish, and dolphins, and all the people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida who lost their jobs and way of life. Well, he got bashed for that and he said sorry (cause he got caught). So how sorry is he? Sorry enough to enjoy a yacht race www.politico.com/news/stories/… while everyone else suffers.

Wait! But what if it’s just Bp that’s an unprepared asshole of an oil company? The other ones must be better. Wrong again! In a Congress hearing, Bp and the other 4 large oil companies (Exxon Mobile, Conocophillips, Shell, Chevron) all had the same response plan
(same cover pictures, just different colors). It wouldn’t matter that much if the response plan actually works. The response plan includes procedures on how to save walruses that haven’t lived in the Gulf for 3 million years and the phone # of a marine science expert who died in 2005. This response plan was written in 2009. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/…

“What is undoubtedly true is that we did not have the tools you would want in your tool-kit,” – Tony Hayward, Bp CEO

Well, there you have it. To sum up everything. Accident vs Sin. This was sin. Bp was too cheap to build a proper rig and ignored warning signs. Bp lied about the amount being spill, the toxicity of the oil, and tried to keep the public in the dark. Not only was Bp not prepared to deal with a spill, none of the other oil companies can do anything either but call a dead guy.

The sad fact is, no matter what sweet lies of assurances the oil companies give you about how they are safe, they never will be. Not in the past, not now, and now in the future. “Fool me once, shame you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

This is why I’m holding the contest. I don’t have 50 million dollars to spend on TV ads but I’m doing what I can and you can too. Help spread the truth. You can draw a picture or write a journal. Let the world know we need to move on from oil and find clean energy for the future.
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LokiMotive Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
hmm maybe if we didn't have free-market economy and government regulated large companies to make sure they don't become monopolies, pay taxes, follow safety measures, etc. maybe things like this wouldn't happen. but that's just what my us history/economics teacher says. maybe im wrong, but i agree with her. rich companies that only want to get richer wont follow rules just because they're asked nicely, but government can't really interfere cause of the free market economy again. even if they get sued, they have enough lawyers and money to stretch the case for many years till the accusers just give up. maybe im way out of context here, but this is just my opinion.
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LokiMotive Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
meant DO pay taxes and follow safety measures.
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FoggyPebble Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Would you submit this as writing and add the links in the artist-comment?
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Pinkdragon1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Wow you are amazing! You're explanation of the event had me glued to the screen from the first sentence to the last. Recently I wrote a research paper on the gulf of Mexico oil spill and after investigating I was incredibly angry at the BP company for what they had done. You're right, there is no way that it was an accident. It was a disaster waiting to happen, one that could have been prevented if BP had taken the right safety measures. Instead of using their money to support the clean up of the mess hey had created, they use it to cover their own greedy butts.
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Cinami-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I'm sorry, I only had time to skim through all the information presented here, but I was wondering if it had been mentioned the oil in the water had been mixed with corexit?

If it hadn't already been mentioned, for those who do not know, corexit is a type of chemical called a dispersant and is extremely toxic, BP sprayed corexit over the oil spill so that the damage won't look quite as bad because a dispersant will spread the oil throughout the water column so it looks like they got the clean up done nice and quick even though there's still tons of oil still within the lower levels of the water column and pollution associated with corexit.

I'm not gonna preach about the evils of the oil spill or whether or not it was an accident or whatever but I think that this is at least something we should take note of so we can learn from it and move forward. It's clear that oil dependency has gone too far, instead of demonizing oil companies or whoever you want to shouldn't we be pressing for alternative energy sources? Or simply steps toward alternative fuel sources? Or even if we can't get alternative fuel what about using the oil we have more wisely? A car that gets 100 miles to the gallon is possible, but are we pushing for it? A car that runs on hydrogen and oxygen and has an exhaust composed of only water vapor is possible, but are we pushing for it? How many of you have heard of the bloom box? Google and eBay and other companies like that are using it, but what about the average person? The bloom box is basically a small fuel cell that uses oxygen for power and has no emission, it was on 60 minutes, but after that how much have we heard about it? Why aren't people bringing it up or wanting to hear more about it? It could revolutionize clean energy.

By going on about this accident, are we demanding better for ourselves?
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NewDawnAugust Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
i can't agree more. with the bit about corexit - which, by the way, wasn't mentioned in this news article so you're safe - and clean energy
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Shiro-Marusu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true....
Thanks for enlightening us!
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rafaelzrt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010   Digital Artist
Thank you for the information !
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camellian Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Thanx for sharing. think every people in the world do need to know it.
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wanderin-stranger Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Linking this to were ever I can.

Thank you for telling us this, because we really do need ot know.

So many cover-ups...
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WolfehMaster Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a little late seeing it, but...

I applaud you for bringing this to people's attention. I certainly was considering it an "accident", mere irony that an "environmentally concerned" oil company was the one to have this majour oil spill. Now it's making more sense. x.x Maybe I'm naive to have thought it could only be an accident?

Well I'm certainly e-mailing this to pretty much everyone I know :D A good source of info and truths.

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Demonwulf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Student Digital Artist
While I have little reason to disagree with you, I have to wonder why BP would lie about how much oil was spilling, that would prevent the spill from being fixed. Wouldn't that mean a major loss in BP's product?

Or is this just another matter of idiocy?
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TickTakashi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a matter of maintaining status, If BP had told the truth about the amount of oil spilling they would have been an even larger uproar amongst the public, causing people to turn against them, spreading a negative image or worse, boycott their product. Also, the price of thier shares, assets belonging to the company, etc would have plummeted.

They lied in the hope they could handle the issue more internally without too large a dip in popularity. Unfotunately the truth got out and now their in deeper Sh*t than if they'd done the right thing in the first place

So yeah i guess, a matter of idiocy :D
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zarhx Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
I just saw a BP apology commercial on TV last night.. I lol'd at it.
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Anarth Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Try going into a store and seeing reuseable bags... sponsored by BP. Me and my mum had a right laugh.
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zarhx Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Lol! Oh, BP, you've done it this time.. I don't think there's anything they can do to get back the business they've lost. They missed their chance to make themselves look like they care.
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Anarth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XD yep. The bags where nice, but just so ironic after this mess.
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ayaXX7 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
so THATS what happened... my mom works for BP from another branch and it came quite a shock about the spill, thou my mom is just an accountant there. i didn't know the detail till now, but from what i see it's an accident, and people sometimes just miss calcualted or they [some people] turn to a thick headed moron when it comes to money.
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vgmaster831 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student Writer
The oil spill was an accident, but is was an accident caused by negligence. BP is at fault for their stupidity in not preventing the spill correctly, but they didn't do it on purpose. An oil spill is a huge waste of resources and money. They are a bunch of empty heads though, it doesn't take too much foresight to see what happens when you forget to check to see that the piece called the "Blowout Preventer" is working.
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FatalHound Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Bp are so screwed on this one, I wouldn't be amazed if this whole thing is eventually sorted, Bp will be put out of business and replaced by (hopefully) a more competent oil business.
But until then, Bp, you're now entering hell, hope you enjoy the long and painful ride! >:(

I'm going to put links to this where ever i can >:]
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Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BP is responsible for one of the worst disasters against nature ever recorded in human history.

I hope this sends bolts of lightning into the other oil companies - who would have fallen back on the exact same plan that BP did - and it forces them to change.
It is also my hope that BP is purged from this world absolutely.
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alwazthere4you Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I feel like we're blaming BP a little too much here.

Yes, this is a terrible tragedy and it shouldn't have happened. In an ideal world, every single oil company would have the means already put into place to #1 prevent this from happening or #2 stop it before it grows out of control, like what happened with BP. But no one expected this to happen. An actual individual - a PERSON, not the entire company - made the decision to use cheaper methods. He was saving BP 4-5 million dollars; you can blame him or the company all you want, but the truth is these things are done commonly. It's not that absurdly disgusting that a company wants to save themselves a few million bucks. In fact, it's what anyone would have done in that situation; I'm sure he just wanted to look good on his performance review.

I talked to an actual employee of BP about this article specifically, and I want to give a little bit of his response here:

"I heard a wrong decision was made to circulate salt water instead of heavy drilling mud before the final casing cement plug, not sure if this was the same BP guy's decision but it sounds like it. This allowed the high pressure gas to reach the surface and find an ignition source, all of which should have been shut off when these situations occur, which caused the initial explosion. Also if the original blowout preventers or least one other mechanical safety devices had worked, even with this guy's decision, this accident would not have happened. So I think greed is not the right word here. "

You say: Bp made 58 billion dollars in pure profit last year, but they only spent 29 million on research for safer drilling methods and guess what, $0 research to improve response efforts in case of an oil spill.

"I hate to say it but no one spends time or money on something they do not think will happen. Your family should have a written and memorized safety plan to get out of our house in case of fire. You should also have enough drinking water and food to last one week in case of a big earthquake. You do not have these plans or supplies. Why? Are you too lazy, stupid, or have no concern for safety? No, you just do not really believe either of these disasters will occur."
note: I live in Southern California, where we've supposedly been expecting "a big one" for years.

They knew that up to 100,000 could be spilled but they refused to let independent scientists (as in people not working for Bp) have access to data and images for them to estimate the real amount that’s spilling.

"Until BP started recovering the oil, there were no actual meters measuring the flow. Gauging flow from an open ended pipe 5,000 feet under the sea via a video is truly a guess no matter how good the expert is."
note: we have to remember here that BP is a company and is trying to salvage its reputation. The spill was actually UP TO INTERPRETATION at this point and they didn't know for sure how much was spilling, so COURSE they went with the lower estimate. They are a company. This isn't greed, this is trying to make themselves look better as they attempt to solve the problem. The best experts in the world worked for BP and were already working on trying to fix it. BP panicked a little and didn't announce what COULD be happening- but the thing is, they didn't know for sure, so they didn't release the higher estimate.

Lying about the amount of what’s spilling (a difference of 60 times) not only messed up the clean up effort (how many people do we need?) but also attempts to stop the leak (a cap or dome designed for 1000 barrels isn’t going to work on something that’s spilling 60 times more).

"First the "cap or dome" the guy is talking about failed because too much sea water was getting into the cap, which would have worked less well if the oil well was producing less oil. The fact that the well head has been sealed makes this whole paragraph moot anyway. Which also makes the statement that "Bp isn’t even trying to stop the leak now" not ring true. However I must admit, that myself and many guys I work with at the refinery wondered why BP didn't use this current fix to start with. I have not heard a good answer to this, not even on any internal BP websites. Considering the pressure BP was under to do something, there had to have been a significant technical design issue that prevented this being used early on."
note: you could say here "or they just didn't care" but do you realize how illogical that is? At that point BP was under HUGE amounts of pressure to do something. Although we don't know it, we have to assume there is a reason for this because even BP, the company we're all convinced is sooo evil, they STILL wanted to maintain a good reputation. The employee I talked to wasn't directly involved with the spill so he doesn't know this, but he trusts the company, and I trust him.

But wait, the oil is toxic and statistic from the Exxon Valdes spill showed that the oil fumes can cause serious health issues, and can lower one’s lifespan by 30 years (most of the cleanup workers of that spill died in their 50’s). It wouldn’t be a problem if Bp provided them with breathing masks, but they say the headaches and vomiting the workers are experience is due to food poisoning.

"I do know that people work with oil all over the world and they do not die 30 years before non-oil workers. Also BP follows federal and state laws for toxic waste cleanup operations. There may be a realistic factor here, if you are a worker working in the sun in a tyvek suit in 100 deg heat you couldn't last one hour even if you had fresh air breathing gear on. I know. I have worn it for just ten minutes in an air conditioned room. Some of the headaches and vomiting that this guy is talking about could be due to the extreme heat and physical labor."

Not only will they cover the wildlife with oil, they'll burn them to death before others can clean and save them. When volunteers try to save the turtles trapped on booms, Bp won't let them and burned the turtles

"Here is another one I don't know the details about, but I can speculate. I have seen video of wildlife people rescuing sea turtles. Did you know the sea turtles in the Gulf are smaller than our turtle when they are full grown?"note: we have a tortoise about 10 inches long "So they are not easy to spot and unfortunately die rather quickly when completely coated with oil. Once again thinking of the realistic side of rescuing any small animal out of a boomed off area of the gulf. BP/Coast Guard were only burning the oil off the surface in areas that it was quite thick, not sure the exact depth of oil but I would guess 3 to 4 inches of oil on the top of the water surface. Given this circumstance, how do you get a rescue boat into and out of this boomed off area without releasing the oil? Unfortunately once the wildlife is caught in this situation it would take extraordinary efforts to do anything about it. And if the people running the operation thought that there was a chance that the oil would be released and reach the shore, they probably would not let people in to try to rescue the wildlife. Not sure this is a good answer but I am positive that they were not being burned to keep the dead turtles from washing up on the beaches, especially if "volunteers" already saw the turtles according this guy."

Well, before Obama made Bp set up a 20 billion dollar escrow fund to pay the people impacted by the spill, Bp was nickel and dimming the people yet they spent $50,000,000 on TV ads alone to lie to you guys that they’re being responsible. That 50 million is just TV ads alone, Bp won’t release how much they’re paying Google and other search engines to have their site, filled with lies, at the top of the search list.

"Yes there were TV ads. I have seen some of them on the BP website. Part of this ad campaign was to let people know how and where to file claims for financial loss from the spill. I truly believe BP has be responsible and said from the beginning they would make good on all legitimate claims that were caused by the oil spill. And yes they did pay Google to be at the top of the search for oil spills. I heard an NPR radio article about this. The sites that were at the top of the search were official BP & Government websites which in reality had the most accurate information about the oil spill. I would do this also, if the alternative is people looking for facts getting this guy's website! "

The sad fact is, no matter what sweet lies of assurances the oil companies give you about how they are safe, they never will be. Not in the past, not now, and now in the future.

"I agree here. Exploring, producing and refining oil is a very dangerous business. So is driving an automobile which kills more people every week than oil company accidents kill every ten years. And for that matter, what about tobacco, how many people world wide does that kill each year? Why is this guy not holding a contest about driving or tobacco?"

This is why I’m holding the contest. I don’t have 50 million dollars to spend on TV ads but I’m doing what I can and you can too. Help spread the truth. You can draw a picture or write a journal. Let the world know we need to move on from oil and find clean energy for the future.

"I am all for moving on from oil and finding clean energy for the future. Did you know that BP is one of the biggest producers of biofuels? And BP has a wind vane energy generation division and is a major manufacturer solar cells.
(Did you know if petroleum oil had not been found all large species of whales would probably be extinct? Prior to petroleum oil, almost all oil used for lighting, etc., was whale oil. So we need to be careful what we move on to...)"


Once again I'd like to say that this is NOT OKAY. This entire spill is a tragedy, and you are absolutely 100% right when you say it shouldn't have happened. That's why it was such a surprise, and why the prevention and responses were so shoddy at first. I am aware this article was written a while ago but I only managed to contact this employee and receive a reply lately. Things have changed since then, but I just wanted BP to be seen in a different light. I'm not attacking you directly; I'm merely saying that blaming BP is not the right thing to do. They are a company, ACCIDENTS happen, and that "greed" and "sin" played a much, much, much smaller part than you say in this article.

Despite all the research I've done and who I've talked to, I still feel like I don't know enough. If anyone has a rebuttal to anything that was said, please inform me.
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Ienahria Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student General Artist
First of all I think it's really great that you have interviewed someone who actually works for BP. The closer to the source, the better the information, as the headmaster at my school says. It's always good to see the case from two angles. To me your comment on the article has made BP seem a little less like pure devils, but they still don't seem less greedy and more responsible really.
This is mostly because of the part about not being prepared for what isn't expected. It is unacceptable. You don't expect the plane to crash, but you know where the life jacket and the emergency exits are. Nobody expects their house to catch fire, but it's common to have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in every house, and at least in this house we've made sure we're all aware of which windows are safest to jump from if the ways to the doors are blocked. I've never been to an organized party where they haven't at least briefly gone through the safety routines of that place.
Also oil rigs, cars and tobacco are incomparable. There are warning signs slapped all over the cars, along the roads and on the cigarette packs. I find cigarette packs on the street where half the backside is covered with big, black letters saying "smoking kills". When driving a car you are responsible for your own safety and also for the safety of the people around you. There are no bosses or anyone above you in charge of your safety unless you count in the condition of the roads and stuff like that. The people high up in the BP system are responsible for thousands of people's safety and trading that safety for some million dollars is an offense to all of their workers.
Whether it's one person or the company doesn't matter as they're somewhat both a product of each other. Greed is still the bottom line of the case.

Hopefully this horrible spill has opened some eyes and the companies will change. It doesn't look too bright, though, when there was that great spill in China so soon after.

After reading your comment I was wondering if this guy had anything to say to the paragraph about the response plans?

Wait! But what if it’s just Bp that’s an unprepared asshole of an oil company? The other ones must be better. Wrong again! In a Congress hearing, Bp and the other 4 large oil companies (Exxon Mobile, Conocophillips, Shell, Chevron) all had the same response plan <img src='[link] border='0'/>
(same cover pictures, just different colors). It wouldn’t matter that much if the response plan actually works. The response plan includes procedures on how to save walruses that haven’t lived in the Gulf for 3 million years and the phone # of a marine science expert who died in 2005. This response plan was written in 2009. [link]


I really hope I don't come off as aggressive in any way now. Both you and this BP employee had a lot of good points, but I couldn't help but react to the way the matter of safety was treated. It's frustrating because there isn't all that much common people can do and it makes me shudder how all those lives are in the hands of the leaders of BP and they treat them like that. Both human and animal life should mean more.
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alwazthere4you Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
didn't mean to bold all that. I look like more of a complete jerk now. Sorry, I can't believe I missed that one < /b>
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mr-meth0d Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
i'm sorry, but saying that anyone else would have cut those corners to save money is wrong. i would never sacrifice safety just to save money. i bet the INDIVIDUAL who decided to cut corners was acting under direct orders from an executive
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alwazthere4you Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
No need to apologize for your thoughts. And, essentially, you're right. The individual was wrong to cut corners and save the company several billion dollars just to look good on a performance review. However I seriously doubt that this individual was under "direct orders" because this job was intended to be pretty routine. On top of that, this sort of "cutting corners" is fairly common; this was not the only oil rig with less-than-standard safety, and BP certainly isn't the only oil company to compromise assurance of safety in order to save a few billion dollars.

From a moral point of view, this should not have happened. From a realistic point of view, this was a tragedy that could have been avoided, but in the end it was a completely unexpected accident.
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TickTakashi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your extended comment was quite insightful, i must say, you sound like you know what you're talking about.

But i have a few things to say!
With reference "owever I seriously doubt that this individual was under "direct orders""
Using almost any business as an example, the people who manage the flow of money are hired or fired depending on whether they can twist and squeeze this quarters revenue to handle the costs, and produce a tidy net profit. Direct orders might be a little too specific, but the person who decided to spend less money on the cap was DEFINITELY instructed to do so by an executive. Now that can enforce or act against your earlier points, but its just something that is true.
So when blame allocation comes into it, there is definitely a huge amount of blame to be allocated to BP.

also, when it comes to the words "greed & sin" for me, its all a bit too biblical for me. But this "incident" was caused by an already billion dollar company cutting corners for more profit. And if i were to describe it in one word, i wouldn't be able to find one as close as "Greed".
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mr-meth0d Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
i really do want to believe it was an accident
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PerfectRequiem Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
U-uck....This is too much. I was aware of the spill, but some of these cover up details just sicken me way too much. I really can't say any more, because I'm going to have too much to say and bear too much disappointment if I keep going.
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Lotopauanka Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
i really dont know what to say... Im just happy, even if I almost cry that you told it to us :|
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guardianxofxmoon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
I might not know as much as you about this, but I do remember hearing on the news that even several WEEKS after the spill they were doing nothing to clean it up. Even if it was off the coast of another country they are still liable for any harm caused by what they were doing. If anything I think the US did better, even if people say the president could have done better, at least he acted before them. Personally though, why drill for oil under water? It's just going to push up and cause problems anyway. If there was a way to get it with a 0% accident then fine, or at least close to zero. Otherwise it's just going to open up a can of worms so to say.
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ramen-tan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. I don't even know what to say. All I can say really is thank you for taking the time to write this and include links for people who would like more information, it was very eye opening. This is all very sad =/.
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Tesunie Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You got them. I already knew that this accident wasn't completely an accident. Even the workers from the rig said that the safety wasn't working right.

I hope something comes about because of this.

(Did you also know that the oil companies have been paying the car industry for years not to develop an alternative fuel car? We actually had an electric car that worked all the way back shortly after the model T.)
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Neven-Ebrez Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Even though this article doesn't cover all the people responsible, some people aren't reading your last statement...

"This is why I’m holding the contest. I don’t have 50 million dollars to spend on TV ads but I’m doing what I can and you can too. Help spread the truth. You can draw a picture or write a journal. Let the world know we need to move on from oil and find clean energy for the future."

You aren't talking about totally crucifying BP (though I think they've already done that to themselves), you are talking about raising awareness for the push for clean energy, something where mistakes don't cost so much damage.

THAT is what is important. The search for cleaner energy must start now. We desperately need to end the oil age.... all it's done is caused disaster to the environment. We only have one planet people.

ONE.

No one said it was going to be easy or cheap, but it's what America, and the WORLD needs to overcome this global crisis of debt and depression. In a world with clean, renewable energy, the possibilities for peace and prosperity may very well be turned from a dream... into reality. Let us never forget this and push for a better future.

For our children... and our children's children...
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TickTakashi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo, i agree. The current energy crisis must end.

but the thing is, to be honest, there are already several ways of gathering energy that dont pollute the planet. but large companies dont want to lose money, and governments dont want to lose votes because they're "Raising Taxes to help Build Solar Panels In the Sahara" or "Cutting funds from Healthcare to fund research into alternate fuels"

It's sad really, the link between corruption and power is too strong.
while people with decent ideals, (such as yourself and many others) are almost powerless to stop them.
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WinGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Welcome to capitalism and all those evil capitalists wearing their top hats and such.
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Velikorossiya Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Everyone "knows". No one listens.

In blunt, unappologetic terms, BP should burn for this.
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GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured here: [link]
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kagome956 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
It breaks my heart to see all those animals dying,and surely there will be thousands more.I'm glad this could be shared with everyone so they could be
more aware of what BP is doing
Some people were chanting

BP your heart is black
you can have
your oil back...
I agree 100 percent
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mayshing Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I say... Toyota did better than BP covering up their butts from a mistake. (social responsibility wise...) Good article.
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Neven-Ebrez Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
I couldn't agree more...
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silvery-petals Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
To all people who "pointed out the other side":
It's really not about who's responsible for the oil spill but it's all about rescuing the environment as much as possible now. Even if it's not fully BP's fault it just makes me mad to see how they're lying and how much they actually care about the countless animals that are dying.
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stripedturtle-neck Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
i just wish that you would have looked on the othe side of the coin, and not only choosen to show us one side of it.
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kittycatnip Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
If you know the other side of the coin is, then please share it. I have been following this story very closely, and there is little to no good to report on the choices BP has made.

Do you realize that had several large ships sitting in the UK, full of oil from a previous spill? When the spill happened on the Gulf, they made no move to empty these ships. True, it would have been months before they could have been safely emptied, and brought to the gulf to begin siphoning oil from the water--- but that would have been better than doing nothing. It would have been better than all of these useless caps they have tried making.
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AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
(Oh,and we can just consider this the end of the sea around Cuba.They'll have no seafood,and they'll no doubt kill off their land animals before they can reproduce due to their lack of outside knowledge--and lack of caring to pursue it--,so really...judging by their government's insecurity about letting their people leave that hole of an island,we can basically say buh-bye to the Cuban populization.Sad,really.)
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AmmyKaabiiPupupu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
An accident?Would people tell you to leave someone alone if they "accidentally" killed that person's child?I don't think so.It's not just because people don't know the details,it's because they don't care to.People ALWAYS turn a blind eye to the bad things that happen in life because they are too weak to deal with them...or at least like to use that excuse.
But,I have to disagree with you on the sin vs accident thing.It's a sin either way because those oil rigs shouldn't have been in existence in the first place.We've had infinite solar power,and we've had the technology to USE it for years,but we've just been too lazy to pay for it."Us" meaning all those idiots who have cars,credit cards,houses,and fridges that are always completely stocked.The fat asses that have made America known to the rest of the world.I dare someone to argue with me.
But what I don't really get is why BP really felt it necessary to keep the public in the dark about all of this.Ooh,their reputation?Does that really matter to anyone in the scheme of things?Do they really think people will stop buying their oil?Did people REALLY stop promoting Chris Brown after he abused his girlfriend?Did people stop loving Michael Jackson after ot was proven that he was an unhealthy,unstable person who thought that just because he deserved to finally have a childhood,it meant he could?No.In the grand scheme of things,people are stupid selfish,and uncaring.People are still going to go to those "alligator fight" things in Florida,people are still going to go hunting/fishing,people are still oing to litter,people are still going to eat meat,people are still going to keep their goddamn cars until the end of time,and people are still going to buy shit from BP.End of story.
(...I'll wait for a hate comment on that little MJ thing I added -_-;)
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Student Writer
"The more of your journals on this I see the more hate and resentment of BP. "

Sorry I meant, "The more of your journals on this the more hate and resentment of BP I see."
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Student Writer
I don't know how much of any of this is true, but I do know everyone is doing a horrible job at fixing it. Are you trying to help get it fixed or are you solely trying to shove the blame completely on BP and act the savior? The more of your journals on this I see the more hate and resentment of BP. Whether they're at fault or not I'm pretty sure we all get it. Let's move on to the solution of this dilemma shall we?
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jeremyoshindle Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You do realise that as the rig was

1.) Under US jurisdiction and therefore the USA is resposible for the pipeline upkeep within its own country. Just like every other country in the world.

2.)The rig was being maintained by AMERICAN based subsidiary companies running it who just scampered away at the start of this whole disaster.

3.) All the US President is doing (Obama) is causing BP's shares to drop by slandering them when technically... even though it falls under US jurisdiction. This drop in shares is causing BP to have less money to deal with the problem in an already extremely tight economy.

If anyone dares say "If it's the US's responsibility why dont the British Government or BP complain or take legal action? Well we just had a general election, and have just reinstated a coalition government and it is currently still being established fully. It is therefore in honesty not in a very strong position. Also BP may indeed be a very large powerful company but you try taking the (remarkably narrow minded) USA to court. After all the USA only believes in their own justice.

Also all the US propaganda that Obama is slinging around to make the UK look bad is obvious PR diversion tactics so that people don't pick him up on his many many failures of late. If its not in the media... average guy doesn't know about it.... jeeze so blind. Even your world news channels are massively biased. Really makes me feel like China isn't that bad at filtering its news sometimes. At least it makes it clear that it does it.
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Underscore223 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
thank you! Another soul who has seen the truth.
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