BP: Oil Spill Not Your #&^;?@* Business

I continue my rant about the secrecy surrounding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and the government are keeping  journalists and the public from getting news of the oil spill.

A dead sea turtle in coastal Louisiana in May. Photo by Eric Gay/AP

This is important because if private corporations and the government succeed in keeping some aspects of this secret, they will be emboldened to keep other disasters and bad news from all of us.

Remember: What you don’t know CAN hurt you. You might not be directly affected by the oil spill, but the next catastrophe could hit you, who knows? And corporations and the government could always keep other important news from us. They already do, of course, but the possibilities are endless.

It seems like we’re awash in news of the oil spill; it dominates the headlines, after all. But we’re not getting the whole story. We get what happened that day, sort of,  but we don’t get the whys and hows and whos.

I’ve already complained about a CBS television crew being kept from seeing the oil, and the case of a guy who was told by police to stop filming a BP building and then followed by authorities, even though he was standing on a public street, making the filming perfectly legal.

The latest secrets: There’s a health clinic for people who might have been sickened by the oil or the cleanup that is surrounded by razor wire, and everybody is kept out. A doctor who got in said he couldn’t believe how tight security was.

My friend Jay Vos gave me a heads up via Facebook about a Texas Monthly article regarding the lack of access, too.

The press and the public shouldn’t have unfettered access to a disaster zone, I admit. You don’t want to interfere with the recovery effort. The saying goes, at a disaster, the sightseers are like the rest of the debris: They’re in the way and have to be moved.

Oil-fouled water in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Elizabeth Bordelon, AFP/Getty Images

This disaster, however, continues the trend in U.S. goverment policy: Privatize everything. So BP calls the shots, and there are no rules about access, transparency, or the truth. So BP, with profits and public relations in mind, keep us in the dark.

There are even reports, not yet proven, that BP is simply burying oil-foul sand on beaches with more sand, just to cover up the mess instead of cleaning it up.

I don’t like big government either, but at least when with government there are  ostensibly some rules on giving access to the public, some rights for the public. With private corporations, there are no rights. It might as well be a dictatorship, with the corporations just doing whatever they want and telling us to stuff it.

Is that the kind of future we want?

2 Responses to “BP: Oil Spill Not Your #&^;?@* Business”

  1. denis Says:

    this is so upsetting!!!

  2. kim Says:

    No its not right that BP can restrict access… despite their upgrade to private citizens via our SC. Hopefully ppl will wake up to this. Kim

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