22 July 2008

$200,000 buys forgiveness for BP

| johnboy
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The Chief Minister has announced that rather than taking BP to court for a petrol spill in Chisolm last January (2007), the ACT Government will take $150,000 for the ACT Environment Grants Program and $50,000 in BP solar products.

BP’s also promising to fully remediate the site, and has already pulled a pile of oil out of the ground:

    “BP Australia are progressing well with the remediation and cleanup process of the Chisholm site and impacted areas. This process includes the installation of new underground storage tanks and a hydrocarbon recovery system. Approximately 40,000 litres of fuel have been recovered from surrounding soil and groundwater since the incident.”

A missed payday for the lawyers on this one.

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I didn’t think recovering fuel would be allowable – I thought that the affected soil would have been taken to an approved disposal facility never to be seen again. Gives a whole new meaning to “dirty fuel” doesn’t it?

So you might not be able to get blood out of a stone, but you might be able to squeeze a couple of drops of 91 RON… 🙂

“Approximately 40,000 litres of fuel have been recovered from surrounding soil and groundwater since the incident”

GEEZUS – imagine how much had already seeped into Lake Tuggers – and is still in the ground! $200k seems a bit cheap for what is probably one of the largest contaminations of its type in Aus…

The owner must have been on a tidy profit margin to not notice all that fuel disappearing….

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