BP’s huge spill on the North Slope is now said to be an estimated 267,000 gallons of oil, that has polluted over two acres of tundra.

It has now been revealed that the spill went undetected for five days, until a worker smelt the fumes by accident. The mayor for the North Slope, Edward Itta has also criticed the companies for not having state-of-the-art leak detection equipement.

You would think, given the huge profits that BP and others have been making, that they could spend some on up-to-date pollution prevention equipement. Maybe that is too much to ask.