Louisiana Fishermen Catch The Oil Vapors.

A beach after an oil spill.Image via Wikipedia

Eau De Petrol.

If you were to ask BP chief executive, Tony Hayward, what was making New Orleans residents sick, he would tell you that it was food poisoning


Regardless of the fact that fisherman James Wunstell of Galliano stated in an affidavit that . . .

. . . he suffered headaches, nose irritation and a spike in blood pressure while working on his boat in the spill zone, where he said planes were spraying chemical dispersants.

Nothing about diarrhea or vomit, which would clearly indicate that he had ingested tainted seafood from an, uh, er, oily fish. And I don’t mean tuna.

Clearly Mr. Hayward was himself affected by the oil vapors when during a CNN interview, he first floated the notion that food poisoning made James Wunstell sick.

“I’m sure they were genuinely ill, but whether it was anything to do with dispersants and oil, whether it was food poisoning or some other reason for them being ill,” Hayward said. “You know, food poisoning is clearly a big issue when you have a concentration of this number of people in temporary camps, temporary accommodation. It’s something we have to be very, very mindful of. It’s one of the big issues of keeping the army operating. You know, armies march on their stomachs.”

No, I didn’t know that armies march on their stomachs. Did one of your engineers do extensive research to uncover that fact? Scary!

Speaking of stomachs, I’m feeling rather sick from the garbage being spewed from Mr. Hayward’s mouth. And I’m miles away from ground zero, safely tucked away in the bowels of the northeast, where the air is thick with domestic methane gas. At least, we accept full responsibility for our leaks. Most of us, anyway.

Mr. Hayward, you need to accept full responsibility for yours, which includes minor details, like, say, poisonous air.  If your company decides to build a deep water oil rig, with shoddy engineering, in the Gulf of Mexico, you should be prepared for the worst possible scenario. My bad. I implied that BP was prepared . . . after building a rickety rigged rig.

Actually, I would guess that most of the oil companies are not prepared to handle an oil spill of this magnitude or mignitude.

You’d think that years after the 1979 Ixtapa, Mexico oil spill, the oil companies would have developed the technology to handle such a crisis, but no. They’ve developed technology to advance their abilities to drill in deeper water. This sounds vaguely familiar to “putting the cart before the horse.” At least a horse drops methane turds, which can used as an energy alternative. How ironic is that?

Not only does BP need to clean up their act, as well as their oil, they need to change their name from British Petroleum to “Busted Pipe dream.”

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8 Comments Louisiana Fishermen Catch The Oil Vapors.

  1. ReformingGeek

    It's all about the money. It's all about the money.

    It's pathetic what these companies have gotten away with over the years.

  2. Lauren

    Tracie: BP officials should be forced to drink the oil spill. That's one solution they haven't floated.

    RF: It sucks. It's always about the money and fu*k everything else.

  3. Lauren

    Mrs B: I'm going to do follow up posts on BP. Their spokesman seems so out of touch and defensive.

  4. JD at I Do Things

    This makes me sick, too.

    If we can't make BP officials drink the oil (as you suggested) then they should at least be forced to live in New Orleans and contract "food poisoning" to see what it really feels like.

  5. Lauren

    JD: Exactly. If they're going to drink their own Kool Aid, then they sure as hell should drink the oil by ingesting Louisiana soft shell crabs. Crap. I spelled Louisiana wrong in my earlier post.


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