Next time BP whines about "who could have known?" the answer is: they could have, and they did.
See Karen Dalton Beninato‘s expose with inside information leaked by someone with a conscience. [www.neworleans.com]
(1) They knew in the worst case that oil would hit the Louisiana shore within 30 days – they could have prepared, but didn’t.
(2) The PR people were given instructions to be careful not to promise that everything would return to normal – they knew it wouldn’t.
(3) They knew the Corexit dispersant was toxic, so prepared their PR people to say that its toxicity hadn’t been proven.
If only BP cared this much about safe drilling procedures as they do about public relations and their stock price — and I am specifically thinking here about the corners they cut when they withdrew the mud too soon from unset concrete, despite knowing this could make the whole thing fail.
See this Firedoglake exclusive showing that Halliburton and BP knew, in advance, of the dangers of cutting corners with unset concrete.
More, much more, available here on FDL’s Oil Resources Page and FDL’s Oil Resources Archives. Sadly, we expect this resource page to be active for a long time to come.
Who could have known? BP and Halliburton.