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Activists accuse BP of ‘cutting corners’ in Gulf oil spill clean-up

Published on April 13, 2012 by in Home

Protesters at the London AGM criticise the company’s use of a chemical dispersant and say the ecological disaster is far from over

Madeleine Cuff
The Guardian 

 

Activists protesting at BP‘s annual general meeting in London on Thursday accused the oil company of “cutting corners” in its clean-up of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.

Around a dozen protesters gathered outside the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands to raise awareness of the plight of those living in the wake of the spill and BP’s involvement in the Canadian tar sands.

Derrick Evans, a managing adviser from Gulf Port Mississippi for the Gulf Coast Fund, said the ecological disaster is not over. “The oil is not gone. It is very evident to me that the general perception is that BP made a big mess and BP did a big clean-up, and that normalcy has returned. I’m here to tell you nothing could be further from the truth,” he said.

He criticised BP’s use of the chemical dispersant Corexit to break up oil spills into globules, which then sink to the bottom of the seabed. “With temperature changes in the water we still continue to see that sunken oil rise and make its way to shore,” he said. MORE

 
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