PR Should Be The Last Concern Here
I have to admit to being a little surprised when I checked the site this morning to find that there was no post about the oil spill yesterday, not to mention how completely stupid it is that both the contractor and the pipeline owner are pointing fingers at each other as to who’s at fault here.
It doesn’t matter, who’s fault it is – just contain the damn spill and start the cleanup. You can both sue each other into oblivion AFTER you get the oil off the ground, and out of the water, and people back into their homes.
Although I do have to do a little finger pointing myself. WHY did it take, if the reports are to believed, so long for the spill containment to begin? Certainly the ShellBurn Refinery would have known almost immediately that something was wrong when the amount of product coming into their facility dropped so dramatically. And I know that they have spill containment procedures and product onsite (I used to work in the liquid handling equipment industry, primarily dealing with the oil companies. This included the sale of spill containment material). Why couldn’t they have gotten what was needed to the spill site considering how close they were?
Of course they’re not obligated to do any such thing, but when an environmental disaster such as this occurs, shouldn’t you just do what’s right first, and worry about it later?
Anyway, I’ll get off the soapbox now, and repeat what I said earlier – it doesn’t matter who’s fault it is. Just do something about it.