mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


The BP Oil Spill Cover-up

On the third anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Newsweek (and equivalent publications overseas) releases my investigative expose of how BP covered up the full extent of its crimes. Never-before-published information reveals that BP knowingly sacrificed the health of clean-up workers, coastal residents and the Gulf ecosystem for its public relations goal of making the oil spill disappear, at least from the world’s TV screens:


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One Response to “The BP Oil Spill Cover-up”

  • James beauxde says:

    You briefly touch on the topic of the in situ burning of the spilled oil. This is yet another way to obfuscate the amount of oil spilled. I believe this practice was outlawed in Britain in the ’60s. Yet BP was allowed to do this in the states. Does that mean we are still a colony? The downwind effects of burning oil don’t seem to receive any scientific study. It seems that only marine biologists are attracted to oil spills. The oil burned is not destroyed, it is further spread downwind. Depending on the movements of weather fronts,the airborne toxins could have been deposited anywhere from Austin to Charleston. Who studies these effects? Noboby.

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Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.