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.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 21, 2010 8:21 am|
|By: emptywheel 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.
|By: Seymour Friendly Wednesday May 12, 2010 5:45 pm|
It now appears likely that BP was deliberately cheating on blowout preventer testing.
|By: Scarecrow 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.