BP oil spill: the disaster that never materialised
100 days after the spill began, American journalist Michael Grunwald exposes an over-hyped catastrophe
By Jack Bremer
JULY 30, 2010
The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced” according to Barack Obama. True or false? One hundred days after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, Time.com yesterday posted a report which seriously questions whether the damage caused is as bad as the US President and others have made out.
Under the title ‘The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?’,
the award- winning journalist and author Michael Grunwald reports that the severe environmental damage prophesied by the White House and green campaigners has simply not materialised.
“The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared,” geochemist Jacqueline Michel, who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana, told Grunwald.
Marine scientist Ivor van Heerden, a former professor at Louisiana State University, told Grunwald: “There’s just no data to suggest this is an environmental disaster. I have no interest in making BP look good – I think they lied about the size of the spill – but we’re not seeing catastrophic impacts.”
Van Heerden, who is working for a spill response team being paid for out of BP funds, said: “There’s a lot of hype, but no evidence to justify it.”