In any government or corporate cover up the inevitable questions to pose are: who knew what, when did they know it, what did they do when they knew that a disaster was at hand? Congressman Ed Markey has uncovered documents which dramatically prove BP executives very quickly understood the extent of the oil spill and very quickly swung into action in order to deflect blame away from themselves onto other groups or individuals. According to the Democratic congressman, “this document raises very troubling questions about what BP knew and when they knew it. It is clear that, from the beginning BP has not been straightforward with the government or the American people about the true size of the spill.” On day one, they used the figure of about 1,000 gallons daily which slowly crept up to about 5,000 gallons daily, and now is estimated to be about 100,000 gallons daily. The company lacked a cohesive contingency plan on how to handle a spill and documents reveal the plan they did possess discusses how to deal with walruses in the Gulf of Mexico who, in reality, are thousands of miles away.
The next step in this fiasco is initiating criminal charges against those in charge of this company. Let the courts decide if they knew and if knowing, they did anything about honestly confronting the problem.