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Not surprisingly, BP is still spilling oil all over America. A thoroughly predictable outcome given the near-complete pass they received after the Gulf Coast spill. This time it is one of America’s Great Lakes that is being polluted by BP’s reckless behavior, Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan is the source of drinking water for 7 million people in Chicago and the suburbs. BP initially said the oil spill from one of its distillation units was 18 barrels, but yesterday BP admitted that its previous estimates on the oil spill in Lake Michigan were too low by half.

Probably just an oversight.

In a statement, the company said a malfunction in a new distillation unit forced up to 39 barrels or 1,638 gallons of oil into the lake just across the Illinois border. A day earlier, the company had estimated that 18 barrels at most had been spilled…

The EPA declined to comment on BP’s updated spill estimates. The agency is conducting its own investigation into possible violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

It’s almost like if you don’t really punish corporations people for bad behavior that rewards them, they keep doing it. Like, almost, maybe they care more about money than doing the right thing and only change their ways if forced to do so. Of course if that were true then Wall Street would also keep engaging in transgressive activity even after the financial crisis.

What can really be said at this point? If you refuse to hold BP accountable for anything they are going to keep polluting your country because they make a lot of money doing it. They would rather make money than operate safely, so if there is no coercive mechanism to force them to operate safely they will prioritize making money, even at the expense of safety.

Any questions?