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Spike Lee Says US Report On Vanished Gulf Oil Is 'A Lie'

Filmmaker Spike Lee is calling a US government report that estimates 75 percent of the spilled Gulf Coast oil is gone 'a lie'.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association, Lee argued that it's unlikely that "abracadabra, presto chango" the vast majority of the oil has vanished from Gulf of Mexico waters and coastal wetlands by artificial or natural means.

"BP cut some corners, went around safety regulations, the thing blew up, 11 people died and it changed the whole outlook," Lee began.

"I don't care how many scientists BP buys, that oil did not disappear," he said. "We've had the biggest oil disaster in the world and everything's all right now? You shouldn’t buy that. It’s a lie."

"It was the greed of the Army Corps of Engineers to cut corners in the construction of the levee system that led to the levees toppling and consequently New Orleans being 80% under water," he said. "And it was greed again that reared its ugly head with BP."

Lee was promoting his new documentary about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, 'If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise'.

August 9, 2010 |

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