Contract Worker Says BP Covers Up Spill's Worst

Firm wants images of dead wildlife kept to a minimum
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2010 6:16 PM CDT
A Hermit crab is covered from globs of oil that washed up along the Gulf of Mexico coastline of Dauphin Island, Ala. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Press-Register, John David Mercer)
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(Newser) – BP is covering up the worst of the environmental damage from the Gulf oil spill, using its influence to keep images of crude-choked wildlife from becoming public, an anonymous contract worker tells the New York Daily News. The worker gave the newspaper a tour of the spill's most devastating views, from dolphin corpses to hundreds of pelicans trying, in vain, to get the black sludge off their bodies.

"When we found this dolphin it was filled with oil. Oil was just pouring out of it. It was the saddest darn thing to look at," the worker says. "There is a lot of coverup for BP. They specifically informed us that they don't want these pictures of the dead animals. They know the ocean will wipe away most of the evidence. It's important to me that people know the truth about what's going on here."

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