Oil company ‘fesses up, feigns surprise about spill
Well, now we know the source of the renewed oil assault on Louisiana's shores. Oil company Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners has admitted that it had a "minor leak" while plugging a disused oil well. In some kind of Chanukah miracle, the five gallons of crude they admit to spilling turned into a 30-mile-long wash of oil covering Louisiana's coastline.
Turns out that when you report a pollution event, it's all on the honor system — nobody checks up to find out whether your five gallon leak was really 50. The company apparently underreported to avoid fines, and they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for that meddling coastline getting in the way.
Anglo-Suisse says they've plugged the leak, but given their track record of honesty so far, we can probably assume that to mean that they gave it a very stern look.
- Source of latest Gulf oil spill determined , Yahoo News