The Doctored Photographs

This week it came to light that BP had photoshopped—poorly—an official image of their crisis command center. Apparently, that wasn’t an isolated incident.

The photo, sent in by a tipster and entitled “View of the MC 252 site from the cockpit of a PHI S-92 helicopter 26 June 2010,” shows up here, a section of BP’s website that hopes to explain their response effort through pictures. This one, sadly, is fabricated.

And last, while the helicopter clearly appears to be situated at some height above the boats ahead, the readouts on the dash appear to indicate  that the door and ramp are open and the parking brake engaged, not to mention that the pilot appears to be holding a pre-flight checklist

The first thing you might notice out of place is the looming air traffic control tower in the upper left hand side of the photo:

And so on. As one reader pointed out, the tower may in fact be an oil rig adjacent to a helipad (which would also explain why the pilots are in prep mode), but the photo’s still clearly been doctored. Badly.

Obviously there are bigger fish to fry when it comes to BP, but every time they fabricate an image like this, it undermines whatever little credibility they have left.  BP is a company still more concerned with image than reality.

Credit: Alexander Higgins

Live Cam Broadcasts

BP has at times looped old footage,  and suddenly killed live feeds when something  comes up that they’d rather we not see.  Here is an example of

a recent live cam video where they turned the contrast down so it was not possible to see  oil and methane explosions on the sea floor.

By enhancing the video  we can now see what is really going  on the seafloor.  Oil Seeps, Explosions, Eruptions…

BP live feed from Boa Deep C ROV 2, August 6, 2010 at 3:20 p.m. EDT:

Same videos, same timing.

Enhancements to video on right: Levels adjustment and Brightness/Contrast adjustment

News Blackout on Covert Disposal of Dead Sea Mammals, Birds, and Fish

Federal Law calls for fines as high as $50,000 for the deaths of marine mammals caused by negligent pollution.  This could subject BP to several Billions more in fines.

In May, Mother Nature Network blogger Karl Burkart received a tip from an anonymous fisherman-turned-BP contractor in the form of a distressed text message, describing a near-apocalyptic sight near the location of the sunken Deepwater Horizon — fish, dolphins, rays, squid, whales, and thousands of birds — “as far as the eye can see,” dead and dying. According to his statement, which was later confirmed by another report from an individual working in the Gulf, whale carcasses were being shipped to a highly guarded location where they were processed for disposal.

CitizenGlobal Gulf News Desk received photos that matched the report and are being published on Karl’s blog today. Local fisherman in Alabama report sighting tremendous numbers of dolphins, sharks, and fish moving in towards shore as the initial waves of oil and dispersant approached in June. Many third- and fourth-generation fisherman declared emphatically that they had never seen or heard of any similar event in the past. Scores of animals were fleeing the leading edge of toxic dispersant mixed with oil. Those not either caught in the toxic mixture and killed out at sea, or fortunate enough to be out in safe water beyond the Source, died as the water closed in, and they were left no safe harbor. The numbers of birds, fish, turtles, and mammals killed by the use of Corexit will never be known as the evidence strongly suggests that BP worked with the Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the FAA, private security contractors, and local law enforcement, all of which cooperated to conceal the operations disposing of the animals from the media and the public.

The majority of dead animal disposal operations were carried out under cover of darkness. The areas along the beaches and coastal Islands where the dead animals were collected were closed off by the U.S. Coast Guard. On shore, private contractors and local law enforcement officials kept off limits the areas where the remains of the dead animals were dumped, mainly at the Magnolia Springs landfill by Waste Management where armed guards controlled access. The nearby weigh station where the Waste Management trucks passed through with their cargoes was also restricted by at least one Sheriff’s deputies in a patrol car, 24/7.

Dauphin Island was one of the sites where carcasses of sperm whales were destroyed. The operational end of the island was closed to unauthorized personnel and the airspace closed. The U.S. Coast Guard closed off all access from the Gulf. This picture shows the area as it was prepped to receive the whale carcasses for disposal.


It’s important to remember that BP can’t hide these facts from the public alone.  They need help from a complicit Federal Government.

The bottom line is that your tax dollars are being used to hide this information from all of us.