When the president calls your top executive “ridiculous” from the rose garden of the White House, it’s a low point. When late-night TV hosts make demeaning jokes about your company, it’s a bad day. When your industry distances itself, you are lonely. When the facts are awful (11 deaths, a lost rig, an open well flowing into the sea), it’s a very bad time.
Having sat in the US chair for Shell and knowing what America thinks of foreign-owned companies operating in its critical industries, here’s my view. BP is, for now, Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit fighting the tar baby in the briar patch.… Seguir leyendo »
Over the weekend BP learned that its latest effort at stanching the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — placing a huge metal dome over the leak — had failed. With the oil slick now washing up on the Louisiana shore, the Op-Ed editors asked five experts for their thoughts on what should be done now — and how we can avoid future catastrophes.
Avoid Dispersants. By Riki Ott, marine toxicologist and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
One of the oil industry’s favorite tools in fighting oil spills is chemical dispersants — indeed, over 300,000 gallons have been used so far in the Gulf.… Seguir leyendo »