When Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea took his daughter to the beach this weekend, she stepped in a tar ball that Flea blames on the May 19th Santa Barbara spill that pumped 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific.
“Dear plains all American pipeline, my daughter just dared step on the beach for a few minutes where we live about 75 miles from the Santa Barbara oil spill you caused,” Flea wrote on his Facebook page. “She got your oil shit product all over her feet.”
Flea wrote that he “can’t surf” and won’t let his daughter swim in the ocean “because it is full of toxic petroleum product.”
He went on:
“Some kid in the hood who made a mistake selling drugs will go to jail and have his life ruined but you, you evil lying scumbags will get away with a paltry fine that means nothing to you. You could have had a shut off valve but you saved cash there too. You are the worst kind of human beings, I am infuriated you disgust me.”
The Los Angeles Times has reported that, though tar balls are common in the area, scientists and oceanographers suspect the recent barrage of them is more than “a coincidence,” and that they are killing sea life.
The spill, at an offshore drilling site run by Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline, has infuriated environmentalists. The U.S. Environmental Agency and the Coast Guard recently ordered the company to finish its clean-up efforts, which have already involved a crew of more than 1,000 people.