From CommonDreams.org Origionally Published on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 by the Independent / UK
Across the frozen North Slope of Alaska, the region's largest oil accident on record has been sending hundreds of thousands of litres of crude pouring into the Arctic Ocean during the past week after a badly corroded BPO pipeline ruptured.
The publicity caused by the leak in the the 30-year-old pipeline could seriously damage BP's image, which has been carefully crafted to show it as a company concerned about the environment.
I think it's really strange that no major news organization has mentioned the 2006 British Petroleum oil spill in Alaska. The mainstream media is falling all over themselves covering the current spill off the gulf coast but ignoring that this spill is history repeating itself. The spill in Alaska occurred because of poor maintenance on the pipeline. The spill in the gulf seems to have occurred because the best available technology to prevent blowouts of drilling wells was not used. So it seems that BP has a history of being lax on preventing oil spills.
Even at the congessional hearing in Washington yesterday to determine who is most responsible for the spill no one mentioned the previous spill.
So what's really going on?