A Bonny BP Ditty

(Sung to My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)

bp oil spillBP’s profit lies all over the ocean
They’ve spilled it all over the sea
BP doesn’t want any regulation
Oh bring back big subsidies to BP

Bring back, bring back
Bring back more billions to BP, BP
Bring back, bring back
Bring back record profits to BP

Last month as the ocean lay placid
And lobsters played on the sea bed
Last month as the ocean had no acid
Who dreamed our ocean was dead

Oh blow up an oil well in the deep ocean
A blow up that really screwed up the sea
It was BP, Halliburton and Transocean
Ruining the world for both you and for me

The three of them created the pollution
With not one of them accepting the blame
They decided on a very simple solution
To simply play the old corporate game

Bring back, bring back
Bring back an unspoiled fresh sea
Bring back, bring back
Bring back our vast oceans oil free

The U.S. Congressional Hearings were held to learn where the blame lies between British Petroleum, Halliburton or Transocean for the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The circle of lies has started going round and round, where it stops everyone knows. BP blames Halliburton, Halliburton blames Transocean and Transocean blames BP. We can see the blame lies in a circle of lies. The only real question remaining is which big oil CEO will be the first to receive a billion dollar bonus.

How green is British Petroleum? If you’re talking money, BP is exceptionally green. For the first 20 days the cost of clean up for them was $350 million. For the first quarter of the year, the oil giant’s profit averaged $93 million a day. That means BP made $350 million in about 3.8 days. However, if you’re talking BP’s promotion of their green alternative energy program, it’s a huge question. BP most likely puts more money into their slick alternative energy commercials than they do for alternative fuels and energy development. From a BP flyer: “We help the world meet its growing need for heat, light and mobility, and strive to do so by producing energy that is affordable, secure and doesn’t damage the environment.”

It’s pretty clear the reason BP glommed onto “green energy” is that they had the worst pollution and safety record in the oil industry several years prior to The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Following are just some of the violations:

  • August 2006, BP shut down oil operations in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska due to corrosion in Alaska Pipeline, from improper maintenance. BP spilled over one million liters of oil in Alaska’s North Slope. 5,000 oil barrels released from the pipline. Eastern portion shut down causing reduction of 200,000 barrels a day.
  • October 2007, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska Dept. Environmental Conservation officials reported a toxic spill of 2,000 gallons of mostly Methanol
  • Canadian oil sands, BP is one of the firms extracting oil from Canadian sands, a process producing 4 times as much CO2 as conventional drilling. The Cree aboriginal group called BP as being complicit in ‘the biggest environmental crime on the planet’
  • March 2005 — Texas City Refinery disaster 15 killed – by 2007, BP had expended $1.6 billion in reparation and claimed they were out of restitution monies in spite of record profits. Law suits still ongoing.
  • October 2009. OSHA imposed an $87 million fine for the 2005 disaster, the largest in OSHA’s history.
  • July 2006, Columbian pipeline – Columbian farmers won a multi million pound settlement from BP for benefiting from a regime of terror by Columbian Government paramilitary to protect a 450 mile pipeline.–
  • April 2010, BP’s crowning achievement – The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Explosion — 11 known dead – Damages that might change the world.

PS – BP pays no royalties to the U.S. for drilling on our soil or in our waters.

Drill, Baby, Drill – Spill, Baby, Spill – Kill, Baby, Kill – Shill, Baby Shill

Jerry Drucker

Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.


  1. Just ME in T says

    If you are going to be two faced about it, the least you can do is ensure one of your faces is pretty!

    SO just who is going to take responsibility for this fiasco? The oil still spews forth, the oceans are poisoned, the marine life is dying, industry is stifled, jobs are being lost, coastal lands are being destroyed, and meanwhile BP is still fiddling about, procrastinating, prevaricating and claiming it is doing everything within its power to stop this now.


    (Love your version of the song!)


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