Friday, April 20, 2012

BP Oil Spill Cover Up in 2008 May Have Led To Gulf Spil

gather | April 20, 2012

Years of investigative reporting have uncovered what appears to be a trail of information showing a BP oil spill cover up on a rig off the coast of Azerbaijan in the Caspian Sea in 2008.

EcoWatch reveals shocking information of a BP cover-up of a blow-out prior to the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf. Special report from the Caspian sea. for by investigative reporter Greg Palast. BP Blow-out Cover-Up - - YouTube

The bombshell aspect of this report from Greg Palast is not necessarily the cover-up, but the suggestion that the Caspian Sea blow-out on the Central Azeri platform in 2008 was due to the same cost-saving practice of using "quick-dry" cement to plug holes in well caps.

That same practice is largely believed to have been the cause, or at least a contributing factor, to the Deepwater Horizon blowout BP suffered two years ago today in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in 11 deaths, 17 injuries and untold environmental and economic damage for the Gulf Coast of the U.S. This excerpt from Palast's report on this alleged BP oil spill cover up explains the connection: "One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a money-saving technique—plugging holes with "quick-dry" cement. By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous methods in the Gulf of Mexico—causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history."

Palast's investigation relies on confidential informants familiar with the Caspian Sea blow-out, as well as shoe-leather efforts to explore the BP oil terminal in Azerbaijan, which resulted in the arrests of Palast, his crew, and the "disappearing" of men who were willing to talk about the 2008 blow-out...

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