As US authorities expanded the no-fishing zone in the Gulf of Mexico and began fretting about the oil spill off Louisiana reaching currents that would take it to the Florida coast, the chief executive of BP was taking a much more sanguine view of the potential environmental disaster. The massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Dr Tony Hayward told Britain’s Sky News, will end up having only a “very, very modest” environmental impact.
“I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest,” he said. “It is impossible to say and we will mount, as part of the aftermath, a very detailed environmental assessment but everything we can see at the moment suggests that the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest.”
Believe Dr Hayward and you would wonder why President Barack Obama is bothering to set up his commission of inquiry into how this accident happened. And you might also believe in flying pigs.