Sent to DS from James at ChrisBunny!
There’s something very telling about the way a seasoned spokesperson uses numbers when holding a Public Affairs briefing. Today Mr. Suttles lived up to his name.
According to BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles on May, 10, video available here.
“We’ve completed 13 burns and burned approximately 13,000 barrels of crude so this new technique we’ve discussed previously seems to be very effective, and in addition we’ve skimmed almost 100,000 barrels of oily water mix.“
The oil that’s been burned is approximately 546,000 gallons of the 4 million. But the significant number Mr. Suttles mentions is what he calls an “oily water mix” if that number, 100,000 barrels, was just oil then the slick would be gone. There was no follow-up about how much oil is actually in an “oily water mix” so there’s no way to quantify that statement. Though it may sound sizable “100,000 barrels” is a useless number and no measure of the impact of skimming on the spill. These highly massaged numbers are no help to the public. They represent a placebo to keep people from getting involved in the greater issues of clean-up, ecosystem protection, and clean fuel legislation.