Gallery: BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste


There may — or may not — be some scientific disagreement about how much spilled oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico, but there’s no mystery about how much oily waste is collecting in local landfills: more than 50,000 tons. Although the waste contains the carcinogen benzene, federal law — in another costly giveaway to the industry — exempts wastes related to oil drilling from being classified as toxic, allowing BP to merrily offload their used boom and other materials to local landfills, including several that have histories of environmental problems.

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  3. Isaac September 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

    As a resident of the Gulf coast, I am ashamed of how the federal government has handled this entire crisis. Obama and his lackeys were bought and paid for by BP, and have served the people of the Gulf ooast with mis-information and lies!. The people of the Gulf coast will suffer physically and financially for decades. It won’t surprise me at all to see Chicago style bookkeeping eat away at the funds paid by BP that are currently held by the government.

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