Nothing to see here…

… if there was, we’d show you. Mmmmmkay?

When CBS tried to film a beach with heavy oil on the shore in South Pass, Louisiana, a boat of BP contractors, and two Coast Guard officers, told them to turn around, or be arrested.

“This is BP’s rules, it’s not ours,” someone aboard the boat said. Coast Guard officials told CBS that they’re looking into it.

[…] Furthermore, this may not be the sole incident of its kind. According to Mother Nature Network’s Karl Burkhart, his contacts in Louisiana have given him unconfirmed reports of equipment being turned away or confiscated.

Did we suddenly get transported to the Soviet Union or something? What good could possibly come of not letting CBS or any other media outlet film the coastline? Does BP and the government think they can keep all the beaches across the Gulf of Mexico blocked off from public access? I sincerely hope this isn’t official policy.

Although maybe I’m wrong about this whole thing. Since BP’s oil is now covering the Gulf coast, does that mean that BP owns the coast?

In any event, this is the kind of image they are trying to hide:

Oil on the beaches

4 Comments

  1. Ian

    Wonder if all of this is going to alter gas prices any time soon. I know its primarily just one oil company, but it still should be affecting the overall national supply. A rise in oil prices would be bad in the short term, but honestly its what we need right now. When gas prices were climbing, the government was more apt to invest in alternative energy. Under Obama and slightly lower prices, we haven’t seen the same investment.

  2. Ian

    A quick look at BP’s stock price shows the stock has dropped in value about 25% since the oil spill began. Wonder how low it can go before they are mortally wounded by this.

  3. Ian

    BP has now delayed the top kill attempt until Wednesday. The government is threatening to step in if they feel BP isn’t performing adequately. I feel like they should better define that line.

  4. Chris

    Ian,
    Looks like gas prices have dropped… at least around here.

    As for stepping in, what is the government going to do? They admittedly don’t have the tools to clean this thing up. The Navy might be able to blow up the rig a second time with a submarine…