Transocean, the owner and operator of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, handed out big bonuses to top executives, citing 2010 as its "best year in safety." Acknowledging the Gulf tragedy in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company maintained that, “we recorded the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.
The filing continued: "Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record."
This morning Cord posted a startling chart about BP's oil spill accounting in their latest Sustainability Review. The chart shows BP's "volume of oil spilled" in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and was pretty infuriating as it didn't include numbers from the Gulf oil spill. Which, obviously, changes things.
Here are the numbers that the graph was culled from:
Flavorwire just posted aerial photographs of the Gulf Oil Spill by Edward Burtynsky, whose Oil series explores the effects of the substance on our daily lives. The images, taken during Burtynsky's trip to the gulf in May, are just striking.
Flaming drilling platforms in oil-blacked seas remind us of potential for further mishaps, while mile long oil slicks recall the damage already done; cargo ships disperse chemicals into the spill, causing the water and oil around them to shift into abstract realms; and marsh island are surrounded by the black gunk, while riptides carry it to distant places. Premiering at Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, the photographer’s hometown, on September 16, photographs from the Oil Spill series share space at the gallery with Burntynsky’s Pentimento images, which documents the crude process of dismantling massive ships by hand on the beaches of Bangladesh.