Vodpod videos no longer available.Today on Morning Joe, Adm Allen defended the dispersant dumping by quoting a 75% reduction in use after EPA directive. The only problem is, that is a lie – CNN exposed this over a month ago. From the CNN transcript July 1:
The EPA and Coast Guard say BP mostly complied, reducing its dispersant usage by 68 percent. But did they really? It turns out, not really.
We crunched the numbers. According to dispersant data released daily, between April 30th and May 26th, an average of more than 25,000 gallons of dispersant were used each day.
Since May 26th, the day EPA directed BP to cutback the daily average use has only dropped to a little more than 23,000 gallons a day. That’s only a nine percent drop.
How can BP and the EPA claim they’ve made these huge reductions in dispersant? It turns out, the devil is in the details.
That EPA directive reads, “BP should reduce dispersant application by 75 percent from the maximum daily amount used.” The maximum daily amount, that happened on May 23rd when 70,000 gallons were used. By far, the most ever put into the water.
So, they have significantly reduced the amount of dispersant used based on that one single day.
But, on average, the decrease is much, much less. And even by the EPA’s own standards, BP has gone over the 18,000 gallons a day limit it can use 50 percent of the time, getting permission from the Coast Guard each time.
COOPER: It’s amazing when you crunch the numbers like that it’s a completely different story. I hadn’t realized that that 75 percent figure they were talking about was just from the one day maximum amount that they had used. When you look at it on an average basis it’s actually ONLY A 9% REDUCTION.
- Two Million Gallons Later, BP’S Dispersant Exemptions Are Questioned (propublica.org)
- Report: BP used excessive dispersants in Gulf oil spill (cnn.com)
- Bob Cavnar: After All This, Now They’re Worried About the BOP (chelseagreen.com)
- Gulf oil spill: Did Coast Guard allow excessive toxic dispersants? (latimesblogs.latimes.com)