Despite skyrocketing clean up costs, oily globs are still washing up on Florida’s beaches, and parents are still taking their kids to play in the sun and sand. Their solution to oil stained hands and feet: Goo Gone. Yuck. Pop it to see the grossness.
Tourists are STILL going out to beaches covered in little oily doo doo chunks. And now, they are posting videos all over the web showing the effects of the unplugged oil well in the gulf.
Animals are dying, children are covered in black goo, businesses are in jeopardy, BP’s stock is down and the clean up costs are skyrocketing. CNN gave a staggering account of clean up costs so far:
Costs associated with the Gulf oil disaster have gone up more than $300 million in less than a week, BP said Friday.
“The cost of the response to date amounts to approximately $2.35 billion, including the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to the Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs,” a company statement said. BP put the tab at $2 billion on Monday.
The company previously agreed to set aside $20 billion in an escrow account for spill-related costs, a sum that does not cover fees and penalties that could be imposed by the federal government.
“To date, almost 74,000 claims have been filed and more than 39,000 payments have been made, totaling almost $126 million,” the company said.
According to BP, approximately 37,000 personnel, more than 4,500 vessels and some 100 aircraft are involved in the response effort.
All that money and very little progress. We love the beach and all that, but letting the kids run around barefoot in oil. Notsomuch.