Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Exxon Valdez-BP Connection
Image from source, TruthOut
I grew up in Ohio, where all throughout my childhood, gasoline was almost synonymous with Sohio. Yes, we had a gas station called Sohio, and it was everywhere. As a buckeye, it felt like part of our state pride to go to Sohio, even though it was often more expensive. But sometime in my teen years, all of the Sohio stations disappeared, replaced by BP. There wasn't any internet, and as a teenager, I wasn't much into business news. We just noticed that all of the red white and blue stations were suddenly green and yellow. But BP (British Petroleum) still felt like a link to the past, keeping some of the brand names ("Boron", "Supron"). I figured they were a stand-up company.
Of course, I also remember the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska from 1989. Anyone old enough does. Even in pre-internet times, that spill was in the top five news stories of the 80s, right there with the space shuttle Challenger explosion, and the shooting of Ronald Reagan. But I never knew there was a BP connection, did you? Greg Palast, the best American journalist around (who ironically doesn't live in America anymore) has the story.
Slick Operator: The BP I've Known Too Well
I've seen this movie before. In 1989, I was a fraud investigator hired to dig into the cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Despite Exxon's name on that boat, I found the party most to blame for the destruction was ... British Petroleum (BP).
That's important to know, because the way BP caused devastation in Alaska is exactly the way BP is now sliming the entire Gulf Coast. . .
Read more at: TruthOut