Oil Leaks Again – are we surprised?

Chevron seems to find it hard to keep oil contained inBrazil. It was fined $100 million for a large leak in one of its Brazilian oil fields that leaked 3000 barrels of oil in November 2011 and less than three months later there is another leak in the same oil field which Chevron describes as a small new seepage, and add that there is no evidence that the leak was caused by their drilling or indeed anyone’s drilling.

Oil companies, in common with gas companies, coal and other miners, fishermen and similar exploiters of natural resources tend to understate the damage that their operations create, however the damage was created. Oil spills are always small, oceans always very large, environmental damage very minimal and usually it is rarely their fault.

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