The dead have no voice in our politics
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BP and its partners made a series of cost-cutting decisions that ultimately contributed to the oil spill that ravaged the Gulf of Mexico coast over the summer, the White House oil spill commission said on Wednesday. In its final report on causes of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, the commission said BP and its collaborators on the doomed Macondo well had lacked a system to ensure their actions were safe.
“Whether purposeful or not, many of the decisions that BP, Halliburton, and Transocean made that increased the risk of the Macondo blowout clearly saved those companies significant time (and money),” the report said.
Created by President Barack Obama in the midst of the BP spill, the panel is the first government-sanctioned group to wrap up its probe of the causes of the drilling disaster…
Although the commission lacks authority to establish policy or punish companies, its conclusions could have a bearing on future criminal and civil cases relating to the spill…
The commission’s report ultimately blamed management failures for the April 20 explosion that ruptured the Macondo well and unleased millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
The commission also concluded the Gulf spill was not an isolated incident caused by “rogue industry or government officials”.
“The root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur,” the report said.
The report offers no surprises. Neither will the responses, I fear.
Republicans and other corporate apologists will do everything they can to impede oversight, checks on safety and quality, environment protection. The Democrat Party will allow the liberal wing to have some say, proposing needed watchdog functions.
We wil get to watch Congress in action as both sides work at avoiding doing anything of importance.