Burn Baby, Burn

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Yesterday it was announced that BP would be burning off “excess oil” captured by the LMRP top hat. There were difficulties in ramping up the collection capacity and anyway there was a lot of water in the oil so it would be more costly to process. So they decided to burn it.

Um, What?

Can’t BP capture the oil, process and sell it? They ARE an oil company, right?

Seems odd, bordering on insane.

  • Pollute the Gulf with a possibly lethal dose of crude oil: check!
  • Dump in millions of gallons of toxic dispersant chemicals, actually banned in the BP’s UK home country: check!
  • Burn off inconvenient oil offshore: checkaroony with a banana!

A lawyer buddy of mine once mused that behind every insane corporate act is a legal constraint rubbing against a balance sheet.

If BP can get away with this burning we might as well just go ahead and absolve them of all damages and liabilities, in perpetuity. Maybe we already have.


Written by nullsequence

June 11, 2010 at 3:53 pm

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  1. Yeah, that’s a M*A*S*H reference šŸ˜‰


    June 11, 2010 at 3:58 pm

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