Keep What You Spill?

Andrew Revkin considers BP's policy of maintaining ownership of the skimmed oil:

That seems outrageous. Even at 10,000 barrels a day times $75 a barrel, that potential revenue is a tiny fraction of the $23 million a day the company says it’s paying for cleanups and other costs. But to my mind, this is irrelevant. Along with all of its other obligations and penalties, perhaps BP should be required if only for symbolic value to contribute to the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve an amount of oil equal to every barrel now being salvaged from the seabed gusher at its Macondo Prospect well.