This week, I interviewed Mike Mason, BP Whistle Blower, about the blowout preventer tests he alleges BP regularly faked on the North Slope and the connection-if any-to the unfolding oilpocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico. It is now estimated that nearly 3 million gallons of oil are gushing into the Gulf every day. Today is Day 26 of the disaster. If the new gush figures are correct, an astonishing and horrific 76.44 MILLION GALLONS of OIL are in the Gulf of Mexico right now with no end in sight.
Tonight’s panel discussion centered on Sealaska’s plans to Cherry-Pick the Tongass National Forest.
Mike Mason is a 27 year oil-industry veteran who worked on oil rigs at BP facilities on the North Slope of Alaska. On January 21, 2005, Corporate Crime Reporter ran an article detailing Mason’s allegations of BP’s cheating on blowout preventer tests. At the time, Mason was working for Nabors Alaska Drilling Inc. – a BP contractor on the North Slope.
Mason was fired from his job at Nabors Alaska Drilling on July 16, 2006, four days after he wrote a letter to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News.
- Eric Myers, Policy Director, Audubon Alaska
- Dr. John Schoen, Senior Scientist and Interim Executive Director Audobon Society
- Matt Zencey, Alaska Conservation Foundation, former editor at the Anchorage Daily News