Life Versus Money When Companies Weigh Up Consequences

In 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish submerged in that creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as if dunked into boiling water. They told no one.

Photograph: Mathieu Asselin Monsanto; US Herbicide Assessment Commission

In fact documents from BP reveal it would be “highly unlikely” they could find a relief well if they needed one to stop a blowout and that a capping stack would be unable to be used one third of the time.

Professor Richard Steiner showing oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill on Alaskan beaches in 2004. Picture: Greenpeace
Picture: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Source: Emissions Gap Report 2018

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