Sunday, April 21, 2013

Witness Gives Details of His Role in BP Oil Spill Cover-up

Activist Post

A former boat captain, Malcolm Coco, has come forward to reveal his role in setting fires in the Gulf following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He details how local shrimp boats were hired to corral the oil, after which "homemade bombs" would ignite the oil creating fires the size of city blocks.

He was given no special physical protection during the hazardous operation, "The only equipment we were given was a fire jumpsuit ... not much protection from anything." He is suing BP for the personal health problems he has sustained since.

Malcolm also reveals apparent collusion between the Coast Guard and BP to keep those like himself who were involved in the cover-up from taking photos or video. He states that after he asked too many questions, he was sent home.

But it wasn't only those directly involved that have been put at risk. As he recalls, the Coast Guard and BP specifically told him: "Don't let anybody know what's going on out there." As a result, Coco asserts that the public has been thoroughly deceived about the full scale of the environmental disaster that took place 3 years ago, even as we know that it continues to ravage the food chain. John Terret reports for Aljazeera:

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Anonymous said...

So he continued to work for BP, conspiring a cover-up, well aware of the true nature of the situation for 3 years?
Now that he's ill he wants retribution?
What about all the other people, marine life who have suffered worse?
He needs to accept responsibility for his hand played.
And if he hadn't fallen ill, would he still speak out?

Anonymous said...

doesnt he realize he could suffer a fatal 'accident' for spilling the beans

Anonymous said...

Nah, they wouldn't kill him. Because then all the OTHERS they hired would come forward!!

I'm glad he did come forward, even three years later. We can't know what he has in his heart, what he has in his conscience, but I am thankful that he has come forward nonetheless. We all should!

I live in this area and I can't tell you how horrified I am that people have just gone on like normal now, still going out to seafood places and eating the shit up like it's awesome. I can't even take fish oil supplements now. My vitamin D level is dangerously low and I'm allergic to all of the other supplements which can boost vitamin D. (Lanolin and olive oil) It really sucks that this irresponsible company has it in for the ocean life of this beautiful planet.

On another note, read up on a company named ARCO. BP acquired them. Guess what disaster ARCO was involved in?

Anonymous said...

Last year the Obama administration granted oil giant BP a special exemption from a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study on the possible effects of its Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, an article Wednesday in the Washington Post reveals.
Federal documents show that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP a "categorical exclusion" on April 6, 2009 to commence drilling with Deepwater Horizon even though it had not produced the impact study required by a law known as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The report would have included probable ecological consequences in the event of a spill.

The record shows that Obama and his Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar—who has a record of criticizing the Bush administration from the right for being too restrictive on the oil industry—took numerous actions over the past 16 months to accelerate drilling in the Gulf.
As the World Socialist Web Site noted on May 10 (“Obama administration blocked efforts to stop BP oil drilling before explosion”), the administration intervened in a federal court case in support of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and Salazar specifically cited BP’s Deepwater Horizon operation as one that should be allowed to go forward.

Anonymous said...

He will never be the head of a major corporation...

rockfeat said...

Read Greg Palast---he spelled out the entire BP disaster a couple of years ago!

Anonymous said...

I stopped eating seafood from the Gulf and the Atlantic after the BP spill. Is there any safe seafood from the Gulf now, such as in areas further up the coast, Savannah, for instance? Is there any REAL testing going on, or is it just "eat at your own risk?"

Anonymous said...

...nor the Pacific.

Gary orGibby said...

Well, screw him! He continued to do his dirty work until ill health caught up with him. He deserves it for selling out his fellow man for a pay check.

Anonymous said...

to the anonymous person who hasn't the brain powers to do a little research before typing...

these people died before they were allowed to speak.

Anonymous said...

too late now, you just better hope we don't go after your children to destroy your bloodline.

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