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article imageSpike Lee on Gulf disaster: BP ‘lying from the get go’

By Lynn Herrmann     Aug 8, 2010 in Environment
Beverly Hills - Filmmaker Spike Lee has slammed the US government’s official stance on the disappearance of 75 percent of spilled oil in BP’s Gulf of Mexico catastrophe as being a “lie.”
Speaking at a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, Spike Lee urged journalists to explore the real story behind the government’s insistence that most of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico has disappeared since BP capped its runaway well at the Deepwater Horizon site.
In an Associated Press report, Lee noted it’s unlikely that “abracadabra, presto chango” the majority of oil has suddenly disappeared from the Gulf’s waters and coastal wetlands.
Lee was at the meeting promoting his latest documentary, “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise,” a film about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, set to debut August 23 and 24 on HBO.
According to Variety, Lee told reporters during the HBO portion of the TV Critics Assn. press tour the “connective tissue” related to Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf catastrophe is greed.
“It was the greed of the U.S. Army Corp Engineers, who cut corners in the construction of the levee system, that led to the levees toppling,” he said. “Consequently 80 percent of New Orleans was under water. And it was greed again that reared its ugly head with BP... there are enough instances where any time we try to cut corners it ends up biting you in the butt later on.”
Adding to the greed factor, Lee raised issue at the government’s version on the disappearance of 75 percent of the total crude oil spilled, 4.9 million barrels according to latest government estimates.
“We just had the biggest disaster of the world and now all of a sudden 75% of this oil disappeared?” he asked. “Where the fuck did it go? I don’t care how many scientists BP buys, that oil did not disappear. Everything’s all right now? You shouldn’t buy that. BP has been lying from the get go.”
Lee faced a similar situation as other camera crews when attempting to film the Gulf oil spill, the banning of shooting in certain locations.
“That shows you the power of this company (BP)," he said. "There are certain areas you couldn’t go in by decree of the Coast Guard."
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