Salazar: “No Amount of Regulation Would Have Prevented” BP Oil Disaster; MMS Continues to Permit Without Review

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:21 am

A legitimate Minerals Management Service could have known about the leaking blowout preventer before the blast. It could have acted on the inherent problems with the blind shear ram and the oil industry’s failsafe measures in general (blowout preventers have a 45% failure rate, according to a confidential Transocean report). But we didn’t have a legitimate MMS to deal with this disaster. We have 62 regulators dealing with over 4,000 offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.


Rep. John Hall Questions BP’s Greenwashing Campaign

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 3:45 pm

In yesterday’s Transportation Committee hearing, Rep. John Hall (D-NY) hammered BP American President Lamar McKay about something a number of others have, as well: the amount of money BP has spent on greenwashing of late. Sounds like Hall would like to prevent businesses from deducting such expenses in the future.

Senate Committee Hearing on BP Oil Disaster (Part 2): It Still Hasn’t Sunk In

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 9:56 am

Committee hearings Tuesday contained no explicit admissions that anyone had done something wrong, but the second hearing helped focus on the breakdown in the environmental review process. That’s a legal timebomb.

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