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Tag: Minerals Management Service


Years of collusion set the stage for Gulf catastrophe

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

President Obama has described the relationship between oil drillers and the federal government as “cozy.” Corrupt might be a better word.

Until last month’s catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico – which continues to foul the region with oil – the American offshore drilling industry had a seemingly stellar record. Three decades had gone by without a major spill from thousands of rigs pumping petroleum from far below the sea floor.

It turns out that big problems were festering behind that façade of safety.
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