The Cover Up: E-mails Show BP Lied To Authorities On The Deepwater Horizon Spill

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The Cover Up: E-mails Show BP Lied To Authorities On The Deepwater Horizon Spill

BP has always claimed that it shared all information with the public and with the federal government about the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the rate of flow of the leaking oil. BP has stated that it never knew of the true quantity of oil escaping the well until a few months after the blowout, however emails that are soon to be released seem to suggest otherwise.

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix is being charged by federal prosecutors with obstructing the law. They believe that he deleted thousands of emails and text messages tied to the company’s efforts to measure the size of the underwater leak.

The emails that Mix’s lawyer is set to release in February will supposedly prove his innocence by showing that he deleted nothing, and at the same time show that BP in fact knew about the size of the flow rate long before they advised the US authorities. BP always claimed that they didn’t learn of the spills full extent until after April, when in fact they knew almost immediately.

The emails show that just two days after the explosion occurred Mix sent in an estimation of the flow rate to his supervisor of between 62,000 and 146,000 barrels a day. BP executives told the coast guard that their best estimates held the leak at 1,000 barrels a day.

Then in May an executive at a Norwegian energy consulting firm analysed the videos and suggested that “it can be ruled out that the flow at seabed is in the order of 40,000.” BP’s current chief executive, Bob Dudley, then decided to state on MSNBC that the new flow rate estimates were around 5,000 barrels a day. Still way below the estimates supplied to BP’s management.

If BP is indeed found guilty of deceiving the federal prosecutors, then they could find themselves with a much heftier fine than before.

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EscapeKey's picture

Now, what happened to all those morons who claimed anyone "believing the flow rate was above 20kbpd were tin-foilers"?

NotApplicable's picture

Authorities lied?

Must've been serious.

EscapeKey's picture

It wasn't just the authorities.

There were self-proclaimed "authorities" here on ZH, commenting on each and every article about how all the DWH information here was disinfo, and that you were a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy loonist if you believed any of the information.

*gasp* you won't tell me those were either useful idiots or on the BP payroll?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

God damn fucking trolls everywhere, I'm telling ya.

Divided States of America's picture

The only losers here are the small people who lost their businesses, the environment and the animals. The authorithies themselves are crooked. No wonder gun sales are shooting through the roof because the only person you can trust is yourself, your direct family and your dog. The social degradation in this world just makes me sick.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Excuse me........but I'd trust my cat over your dog any day. :)

BTW regarding the social degradation, it has always been degraded. It was just that the pig had a whole lotta (fiat) lipstick smeared on and now it's going commando.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

That is quite a visual:

A pig running around wearing lipstick and not wearing any underwear.

That is probably what Joe Biden is doing right now.

trav777's picture

side effects of corruption and zero immigration standards include that the big fish have incredible ability and power to move money into hands without any scrutiny whatsoever.  And there is a ready pool of people who "get things done."

economics9698's picture

Really?  You got to be kidding. 

NotApplicable's picture

Er... I was responding to the headline, not you.

Remember, the first post is always the "thread-jack/attention whore" sub-thread.

Replies are almost always in non-sequiter form, as on-subject replies end up waaaaaay down here, unnoticed.

EscapeKey's picture

Oh ok, sorry. In that case I'll just call you an idiot, and question your sexual preference. Is that more like it?

flattrader's picture

Some of them are not even useful idiots...just plain idiots.

Reminds me of Trav 7777 on Fuku...there were no meltdowns...the reactors scrammed.

Freelance idiot.

trav777's picture

listen up you stupid tard; I told YOU that the reactors would melt down and that it wasn't a serious problem.  I was the FIRST PERSON anywhere to notify you cretins that the real problem was in the SFPs.  It's not MY fault that you read at barely a 4th grade level.

Ghordius's picture

listen up you regurgitated ZH fossil - do a proper post with links or your ancient street cred is over. oh, did you ever have any?


LOL, I'm happy that you are back - WTF are SFPs?

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Dude, you got nailed on Fuku.  Zirconium cladding, etc.

Give it up.

fuu's picture

Revisionist history right there.

flattrader's picture

Freelance idiot and pathological liar.

Augustus's picture

This BP engineer cannot know what the flow rate was from the blowout.  No one can KNOW what the flow rate was.  Furthermore is is understood that the flowrate increased over the first weeks.

I have not seen any of the three eyed babies with scales for skin that were predicted by the Expert Authority, Geo Wash.  And that crater that was supposed to swallow the Gulf Of Mexico as the well produced and depleted?  I suppose some cajun pissed into that and it was filled?

All of those people who have since gone swimming in the GoM seem pretty healthy to me.  Perhaps you know how the people at BP have hidden the ones who exploded after being exposed to the gulf waters.  Come on EscapeKey, share your knowledge.  Otherwise, get back under the bed with your flashlight.

EscapeKey's picture

Ah, just on time.

Right, so in an internal chain of events, an engineer projects a much higher flow rate than is publicly admitted, and there's nothing suspicious about it. Got it.

As for the rest of your straw man post, I think next time you should opt for the Chewbacca defense instead, as it's just so much more entertaining.

Augustus's picture

The so-called expert you believe, Geo Wash, has a very nice post telling everyone that there were actually THREE wells located at the Macondo location.

That was not a strawman post.  You just don't have the capacity to remember the nonsense that brainwashed you.

The Twinkie Defense is no longer available to you.  What havae you chosen for a fallback?

EscapeKey's picture

Please quote the exact post in which i backed anything spurious GW posted.

Once youve realized thats impossible to find, as i never made such a post, youll realize exactly how much of an arse you look right now.

So, since i commented on flow rates, and flow rates only, your post is largely a straw man argument.

Augustus's picture

No one ever KNEW the flow rates and and will never Know the flow rate.  That is what the entire problem was.  ONE expert claims XXXX, Another expert claims YYYYY, and there were tens of experts who were glad to give interviews.  They all agree that rates increased over the first few weeks.

Now, as to the BS posts from Geo Wash, one of the wildest ones is presented directly below this article, see above or:

There were all sorts of fruitcake proposals such as loading ships with rocks and sinking them on the wellhead or the nuttiest one, endorsed by the EXPERT Geo Wash along with Matt Simmons, to use a nuclear warhead , forced into the flowing well at extreme water depth, and detonating it.

Then there were the claims of hazards and human illnesses forecast as a result of the spill.  There should be many three eyed babies down there now based upon the BS reports from the time.

EscapeKey's picture

you claim GW brainwashed me, yet provide no proof of said brainwashing.

Care to make up more shit about my position with regards to the DWH disaster?

Alternatively, perhaps you shouldnt make stupid fucking assumptions about other posters you clearly know fuck all about.

Augustus's picture

Your original post is the evidence of brainwashing in the purest form.

Was the post about THREE wells bullshit.  Was the post about the wellhead burning bullshit.  Was the post about the "fluid" nature of the Sigsby Salt bullshit?  How about the one that claimed that the air was too explosive to have fireworks displays on July 4th?  Or maybe you remember the one claiming that the rainfall in Ohio was going to make people ill?  It was all bullshit, Geo Wash bullshit, claiming that BP was orchestrating a coverup of something.

I will make an assumption that, if someone is fucking you, they must be as etremely stupid as you are.

EscapeKey's picture

Oh, you're back to just making up shit, wrapped in insults.

Anyway, it's good that you spend some time on the internet. That must give someone out there a break.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Authorities lied? Must've been serious."

New lies....same as the old lies.

AmCockerSpaniel's picture

These posts about lies are a waist of time. There is no punishment, so we just have to except it as the new normal. 

Ruffcut's picture

They say crime doesn't pay, but a little lying comes in handy and for shits sake, you'd better do it or get canned, eating cat food.

The way of doing business is pure bullshit and intimidation.

Better get used to it. MOre is on the way.

blunderdog's picture

What's the easiest way for me to get "limited liability" for my personal actions, anyway?

CPL's picture

It's the primary reason nobody has caught a wild salmon in Northern New york for two years and Tuna netting is about to be banned.  Poison the sole incubator of 95% of the entire Atlantic ocean and it solves the fishing bans complaints pretty quick because there's nothing to catch.


I miss eating Grouper versus that bottom feeder mutant Basafish they've got floating around now.

Widowmaker's picture

Who the fuck cares about food when there are bonuses to suck.

CPL's picture

Let them eat credit.


What kills me...NOTHING out of the Hunter associations when it happened.  Zero, nada, zip.  As hunters we have a responsibility to nature as our sports like hunting and fishing are being destroyed.  I didn't hear that message once during the whole media circus.


None of them have recieved a nickle of my money since their silence.  May they all rot in hell for overlooking their most important stewardship.

resurger's picture

It's not a lie , if BP believes it ...


Larry Dallas's picture

This is terrible. I'll never vacation down there on the gulf coast. God knows what chemicals they used to make all of that oil dissapear.

Long carcinogens.

Gubbmint Cheese's picture

Matt Simmons nailed the flow rate..

Augustus's picture

Matt Simmons was in poor health and needed medication.  He didn't "nail" anything.  His major claim was that the blowout had jacked the entire pipe string out of the hole and the actual wellhead leak was several miles from the hole location.  It was preposterous, and proved to be nonsense that even Geo Wash could understand.

Then there were the screaming fools who just knew that the leaking wellhead was burning.  That was the best fraud ever pulled off to show they were idiots.  It takes ample Oxygen for there to be a fire and there is no more at 18,000 ft than at the bottom of a swimming pool.  Fools ready to swallow any lie.

Stoploss's picture

Keep hammering that shit pile into the ground...  Getting closer.

SmoothCoolSmoke's picture

C'mon!  BP is a private sector outfit run by Capitalists.  How can this be?

Dr. Richard Head's picture

BP is a public/private outfit fun by pseudo-Capitalists that thrive off of government subsidies and protection.  There, fixed that for ya.