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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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.