BP reported today that it spilled 136 000L of drilling mud offshore Nova Scotia during the first of seven of its ultra deepwater wells. The Council of Canadians has been raising the many severe risks of this project for years.
“BP is drilling at unprecedented depths, and we have warned of the risks,” says Angela Giles, Atlantic regional organizer. “Today marks only two months since BP started drilling, and already there has been a significant spill. This synthetic drilling mud is dense and likely is sitting on the bottom of the ocean, smothering sea life on the sensitive and economically important Scotian Shelf. This is an example of what can happen when our governments let irresponsible companies do irresponsible projects that threaten our environment and economy. Industry experts have warned that the risk assessment for this project is invalid and doesn’t appropriately account for the many risks of ultradeep offshore drilling.”
Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians