BP VP Pleased at Latest Containment Success, Alabama Mayor is Not
BP is feeling hopeful these days. After months of ineffectual attempts to mitigate the damage of the oil spill caused when a BP well ruptured on April 20, BP is managing to funnel about 31 percent (250,000 gallons) of the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico each day (798,000 gallons). While this is a significant improvement as far as containing the oil spill is concerned, some Gulf Coast residents are less than impressed.
One of these residents is Orange Beach, Alabama mayor Tony Kennon. He had an opportunity to confront BP Senior Vice President Bob Fryer at the news conference announcing BP's progress with the oil spill. Kennon upbraided Fryer for BP's refusal to meet with local Gulf officials over the past month, despite repeated requests from Kennon and others. His frustration was obvious as he pointed out that people in Orange Beach live daily with the consequences of the oil spill. Area residents still cannot get out to catch the fish on which they depend because the oil spill has polluted their previously rich fishing area.
With the latest BP oil spill containment success, though, residents can be reassured that there will probably be about 31 percent fewer globs of oil and tar balls visiting their beaches.