Monday, August 2, 2010

Grounds Crew Tries BP Technique for Readying Baseball Diamond

BP has gotten lots of positive press from burning oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Hey, look, less surface oil! Well, y'know, except for those pesky questions about health issues & burning endangered sea turtles.

Now we learn a local grounds crew has put BP ingenuity to work in Edmonton, attempting to speed-dry a wet baseball diamond. From CBC News via Deadspin:
"What usually takes a day, day and a half for Mother Nature to take care of, we did in half an hour," Gerry Peterson said after his crew spread diesel fuel on the field and ignited it last week.
After being told what had happened, officials in the Edmonton suburb dispatched a crew to dig up the field and test the dirt. When the test results showed the pitcher's mound had been contaminated with fuel, the field was shut down as an environmental risk. [...]
The local baseball association is on the hook for cleanup costs.
So like BP, the local baseball association will have to pay for the cleanup. But I wonder if it's also protected by an industry-friendly liability cap?
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