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Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

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posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:06 AM

BP chief executive Tony Hayward claims that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is relatively 'tiny' but admits that his job is at risk over the incident blamed on his company.

Hayward told Friday's Guardian newspaper that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant that BP had pumped into the sea to try to tackle the slick should be put in context.

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume," Hayward said.

Asked if he felt his job was under threat, he replied: "I don't at the moment. That of course may change. I will be judged by the nature of the response."

Technically, he is right. But this guy is now delusional. This is becoming if not already the largest oil spill in the known history of the world. This has nothing to do with how big the ocean is.

If he thinks that this spill isn't having an impact just because it is a "drop in the bucket," maybe he should go have a sit down with fishermen and shrimpers along the gulf coast. See what they think of his little meaningless spill.

Hayward insisted that deep-water drilling would continue in the United States despite angry responses to the incident from environmentalists and politicians.

"Apollo 13 (the unsuccessful third mission to the moon in 1970) did not stop the space race," he told The Guardian.

"Neither did the Air France plane last year coming out of Brazil (which mysteriously crashed) stop the world airline industry flying people around the world. It's the same for the oil industry."

Hayward said it was "unwise" to speculate about the direct causes of the accident before investigations had been completed. "There is a lot of speculation, red herrings and hearsay."

This guy is even refusing to watch TV coverage of the spill or read newspaper articles on it. Saying he doesn't want his judgment clouded by others reports. He needs to read just to have his eyes opened.

You think politicians don't read the paper just because they don't want to know what people are saying about them? Someone call the psych ward. This guy is not competent to be left alone in public, let alone try to manage the worst eco disaster in history. Not to mention running BP Oil.....

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:53 AM
Methinks he is a freakin' supercapitalist lizard, trying to sweet-talk his way along... Nothing could open his eyes as long as he gets his checks - except if you want to see the slit already open and disguised.

It is odd for me to see how ordinary people expect that a person in his position would have any sort of conscience. If he did, he would not be where he is now.

Nota bene, his predecessors at BP were responsible for the Iran coup in 1953.


posted on May, 14 2010 @ 09:56 AM
He's absolutely right, this mini-oil volcano spewing forth thick black death to all the surrounding areas is small in comparison to a Sun spot, or Jupiter's Eye. It's even smaller then VY Canis Majoris and will hardly impact the rest of the Universe, so why should we worry?

If you look at the oil patch from the edge of the Universe, you don't even see it! So relax, move along... nothing to see here.

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 10:38 AM
Yeah small like cancer is small to a very big person. Its still going to kill 'em.

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:26 AM
reply to post by kadyr80

Oh if only these BP execs had pancreatic cancer... Just oil sucking vampires destroying our only home. To think we could have been on alternative energy sources since the 30's but oh no... big oil has to murder, steal and bury anything that threatened it's profits, who cares what death comes of it. It's all ok if it's money right?

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:29 AM
reply to post by webpirate

I remember reading about Chernobyl when it first happened.

It too was a small non-event.

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:38 AM
And the loss of his life would be comparatively even less significant out of 6.5 billion people,

And would do a disproportionately higher degree of good for the 6.5 billion - 1 who remained.

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:49 AM
Just the environmental impact alone that this 'spill' has caused will not fully be felt for decades, not to mention the economic and social impact. If the estimates of 50-70,000 barrels a day of oil escaping into the gulf are anywhere near correct, this stands to be the largest man-caused environmental disaster this world has ever seen.

The ramifications of this are just mind boggling When the companies that caused this get tired of trying to plug it, or paying to try to plug it and just give up...then what?

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 11:58 AM

posted on May, 14 2010 @ 01:35 PM
Not to mention that they are still trying to say the spill is way smaller than it really is. So that's even less of an impact.

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