Oil Spill Disaster – July 24 – evacuation order reveals underlying distrust

No wonder no one trusts anyone. Here are two examples of problems: one with local public officials and the second with scientists in connection with BP.

Tension Among Officials Grows as Storm Nears, NYT, July 24. The complicated job of evacuating residents and workers in LA reveal great distrust of BP and federal officials.

At the end of the day, it’s my job and the parish president’s job to look out for what’s best for residents of St. Charles Parish,” said Scott Whelchel, the director of emergency preparedness for a parish that lies on the southwestern banks of Lake Pontchartrain. “The simple fact is, I wasn’t elected to take care of BP’s equipment.”

Once again a statement by BP about the oil spill plumes does not turn out to be correct.

Researchers link undersea oil plumes to BP spill. LA Times. July 24.

“… two studies confirm what in the early days of the spill was denied by BP and viewed skeptically by NOAA’s chief — that much of the crude that gushed from the Deepwater Horizon well stayed beneath the surface of the water.