Media And Scientists Say Government Lying About Amount Of Oil Left In Gulf From BP Spill
Local residents, local government officials and scientists and the main stream media are now questioning and outright accusing the federal government about lying about the amount of oil that is still floating in the Gulf of Mexico from the BP Oil Spill.
Florida Oil Spill Law has posted a compilation of clips from the Dylan Ratigan show reporting on the issue.
Rush transcripts of the video clips
Man: 75% of the oil? I don’t think its gone.
Woman: How can it be gone? It’s not gone. It’s down there at the bottom. It’s still there, it’s still going to cause trouble and havoc for a long time to come.
Dylan Ratigan: Does that pretty much capture the reality if your in Pascagoula or along the coast of Louisiana or anywhere else along the Gulf of Mexico Charlotte?
Charlotte: Certainly and I have some questions about this report as well.
Charlotte: I don’t know when they initiated this report.
Charlotte: I do know that it is through NOAA and Dr. Lubchanco.
Charlotte: But at the same time who put this report together?
Charlotte: And if they are that scientifically astute to be able to tell us what is happening now why weren’t they able to tell us before today?
Charlotte: Where the oil is, how it’s coming in and how much is out there?
Dylan Ratigan: Even if we swallow for a moment that only 26% is left in the water that is still 53 million gallons of oil in the water which is 5 times the amount of crude that spewed from the entire Exxon Valdez disaster.
Dylan Ratigan: 5 Times! That’s what’s left if we believe people that lied to us from the beginning.
Dylan Ratigan: [With over] 50 million gallons left in the water by their estimates, and we know that they’re untrustworthy, do you get the sense that you’re going to have any rights to retain resources or is 50 million, 5 times the amount of the Exxon Valdez, really not enough to worry about [and] we should probably move on to something else, you know?
Dylan Ratigan: Go ahead Dr. McDonald.
Ian MacDonald: Hi. Yeah, so this is the folks, this is the same NOAA and the same Jane Lubchenco, who said that 5,000 barrels a day was the rate [of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico].
Ian MacDonald: These are the folks that said that there were no undersea plumes.
Dylan Ratigan: [How] here all the sudden do they come up with all of this data that Charlotte is supposed to take as fact just because someone in the government has put it outwhen just three days ago they didn’t have a clue what was going on.
Ian MacDonald: That’s the other thing about this report is that the only data that they have, that is measurement that they made from samples, is about the oil that skimmed, burned or chemically dispersed.
Ian MacDonald: All of the rest of the numbers in here are extrapolations from models they are running. If you read the report they have something called an “oil budget calculator” which is a big excel spreadsheet and they are punching numbers into that and they are getting numbers out the other end.
Ian MacDonald: But most of those numbers are extrapolations based on theoretical considerations not measurements. So Charlotte the situation is not much improved I am afraid.
Here’s Anderson Coopers take on the issue.