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BP admits 'Photoshopping' image of Texas command centre
07-21-2010, 08:24 PM,
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BP admits 'Photoshopping' image of Texas command centre
Quote:With its bungling boss out of view and good news emanating about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP’s clumsy public relations chiefs must have breathed a sigh of relief.

But the PR department should also have known that any blunder-free respite would only be short-lived.

And, sure enough, the British firm has come under fire again after it was forced to admit it 'Photoshopped' an image of its oil spill command centre to make the screen bank staff look busier.

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Over the weekend, an eagle-eyed blogger noticed a problem in Houston – and reported that two of the ten screens looked suspiciously like images had been digitally pasted over them.

By Monday, however, the photo on the BP website had changed – now revealing two blank screens in place of the crudely doctored fixes alleged by John Aravosis at Americablog.com.


After further criticism, BP eventually came clean: its photographer had used the computer programme Photoshop to amend his picture.

Spokesman Scott Dean insisted that the photographer was showing off his Photoshop skills and there was no ill intent.

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Mr Dean also said BP has ordered its workers to use Photoshop only for things like colour correction, cropping and removing glare.

The embarrassment came as David Cameron, the Prime Minister, warned against excessive punishment of BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill during a visit to Washington DC.

He insisted that it was in neither Britain or America's interest to destroy the company's future.

However he is expected to order the release of Government documents disclosing how BP pushed Labour ministers to agree to a controversial deal which led to the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and causing one of America's worst environmental crises.

The well has spewed somewhere between 94million and 184million gallons into the Gulf.

BP said the cost of dealing with the spill has now reached nearly £3billion.

Clean-up efforts, however, have been boosted by news that the gushing oil leak could be snuffed for good within two weeks.

The U.S. government's spill chief said today this was possible because a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken well by the weekend.

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen also revealed that that engineers believe the risk of a bigger blowout is now minimal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1296541/Houston-problem-BP-admits-Photoshopping-image-Texas-command-centre-eagle-eyed-blogger-spots-faults.html
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