If BP was trying to make a Jewish connection to the oil spill off the Louisiana coast, they got it all wrong.
Yesterday marked the 49th day of the BP oil spill. Perhaps BP was going for the Hanukkah story connection, which is "The Oil lasted for 8 days." Instead, BP got confused with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which is 49 days of counting the harvest and the 50th day (Shavuot) is the anniversary of the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.
Hopefully this environmental mess will be remedied soon as the effects on wildlife are certainly a violation of the Jewish principle of "tzar ba'alei chayim" -- the responsibility to treat animals ethically.