Oil companies really do care. Why, they even laid out plans to make sure to protect walruses in case of a spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and, according to one report, two companies even offer contact information for a Florida marine researcher.
Two problems: There are no walruses in the Gulf of Mexico. And even if there were, the marine researcher has been dead for 5 years.
What’s going on here?
Simple, really. It looks like oil companies are so uninvolved in safety measures that they make generic plans. This means that critical geographical differences—such as the rocky shorelines of the frozen northwest vs. marshland on more tropical shores—are left unconsidered. And then they let these boilerplate documents get out of date.
I’m always accused of looking for the pony in the shit pile. But maybe one positive outcome of this horrible still-unfolding disaster will be some serious changes in what oil companies do to protect the planet and its living beings as well as themselves.