Musician (and deep sea explorer) Gale Mead has made a music video that could become the anthem of a new generation of environmentalists coming of age during the BP oil disaster — a tragedy that, as Mead’s lyrics remind us, is still unfolding.
From "BP Did a Bad Bad Thing"
Based on Chris Isaak’s song, Baby Did a Bad Thing, Mead has combined images and words into a potent, nearly overpowering, brew of anger, grief and protest.
There is new evidence that the BP Deepwater well has been damaged and is leaking oil or natural gas into the surrounding seabed, a worst-case scenario that the company has portrayed as extremely unlikely since the runaway well was closed on Thursday afternoon to test for damage.
In a terse letter sent Sunday night by National Incident Commander Thad Allen to BP director Bob Dudley, Admiral Allen cited a “detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head…” Both are possible indications of damage to the well that exploded in April, killing eleven people outright and releasing millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for over three months.