OIL SPILL CRISIS: Witness says BP took `shortcuts'

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An image from a live video feed the oil plume is seen on the BP.com website early Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Full Story
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Los Angeles, CA

#1 May 26, 2010
To my mind, this disaster is Mineral Management Services' fault (for permitting the site & plans and failing on oversight. BP's responsibility, and Obama's Katrina. Great to see Sen. Boxer on CNN calling out MMS, that agency needs to be disbanded and re-formed so that oil and gas receive the same level of oversight as timber or mining firms, at a bare minimum.

Not to say that BP officials shouldn't be jailed for the deaths and injuries and destruction nor that BP shouldn't bleed money for reparations the way the Gulf floor is bleeding crude, but I think as a Democracy we have to look at the failed laws and institutions that led to this crisis and hold the guilty parties as even more responsible than BP. and change what we can for next time. Because oil & water are still going to mix for any given tanker or offshore rig.

A little surprised at the lack of protests at the Carson refinery, ARCO downtown or at the gas stations. I guess people are suffering from televised disaster fatigue syndrome and are settling for angry Facebook rants instead.

Since: Sep 08

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#2 May 26, 2010
BP has a history of taking shortcuts. When are people going to realize that this is not just a U.S. problem but a Worldwide one?

Something should be done before this happens again along the BP-led Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline that runs from the Caspian Sea to Turkey's Mediterranean coast or a like explosion involving BP's gas liquefaction plant in Egypt, Indonesia, Bolivia or, perhaps, one of it's natural gas pipelines or Methanol plants in the Angola waters or Russia or Egypt or...

"Over the past two decades, BP subsidiaries have been convicted three times of environmental crimes in Alaska and Texas, including two felonies. It remains on probation for two of them."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/08/93779/b...

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