Criminal Negligence Caused the Gulf Oil Spill
BP was criminally negligent in allowing the Gulf oil spill to happen.
BP lied to Congress about the safety of its deepwater drilling operations:
Despite knowing it had a damaged blowout preventer, BP still cut corners by removing the single most important safety measure.
And BP, Halliburton and Transocean were criminally negligent in numerous other ways as well. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.
Nothing Has Changed … So Even Worse Accidents Will Happen
The health of Gulf residents – and the entire Gulf ecosystem may have been compromised. But the politicians are in BP’s pocket, and won’t do anything to prevent an even bigger catastrophe in the future. Here and here.
As former top oil industry Robert Cavnar noted on the one-year anniversary of the Gulf spill:
Today marks the first anniversary of the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the US. Unfortunately, most Americans, including our politicians, are suffering from collective amnesia about that tragic event that cost 11 lives, destroyed thousands of jobs, polluted thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico, and damaged the economies of 5 states. As tragic as all those events were (some are still ongoing), media attention has moved on to the Royal Wedding, the next earthquake, and, of course, breathless coverage of American Idol. At the same time, our politicians, especially those in Washington, have used the lack of media attention to not only abdicate their responsibilities to make offshore drilling safer and are actively working to make it less safe, shocking as that seems.