Spike Lee bashes US report on vanished Gulf oil

Updated: Aug 08, 2010, 13:39 PM IST

Beverly Hills: Filmmaker Spike Lee is calling a ‘lie’ a US government report that 75 percent of the spilled Gulf Coast oil is gone.

Speaking to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, Lee said journalists should expose what he called the real story. He argued that it`s unlikely that "abracadabra, presto chango" the vast majority of the oil has vanished from Gulf of Mexico waters and coastal wetlands.

Federal scientists said last week that nearly three-quarters of the oil has been removed by various artificial or natural means, but that the spill`s effect on wildlife will long continue.

Lee was promoting his new documentary about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. ‘If God is Willing and Da Creek Don`t Rise,’ a follow-up to his 2006 film about the hurricane, debuts Aug. 23 and 24 on HBO.

Bureau Report