The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said 2,100 to 4,200 gallons had been spilled and that vegetation was sure to be affected by the contaminants. A BP spokesman promised the cleanup was already underway, Reuters reports.
The London-based company’s reputation was damaged yet again by the Alaska leak, a year after a blown out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP shares dropped more than one percent after the news.
The public reaction wasn’t pretty.
Musician Gary Melvin wrote on his Tumblr, “BP is a toddler that was never punished, and still has yet to learn right from wrong.
A programmer and photographer named J.Coleman tweeted, “BP is still doing their part to cover the entire planet in spilled oil.”
A student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York promised to stand in protest outside a BP gas station this week and asked others to join him in boycotting stations on Sundays.
Meanwhile, BP asked on their Twitter account if anyone had made it to the beach this morning.