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BP Fought Safety Measures at Deepwater Oil Rigs

BP Fought Safety Measures at Deepwater Oil Rigs --Owner of Louisiana Oil Well Objected to System That Would Have Shut Off Spill 30 Apr 2010 BP, the company that owned the Louisiana oil rig that exploded last week, spent years battling federal regulators over how many layers of safeguards would be needed to prevent a deepwater well from this type of accident. One area of immediate concern, industry experts said, was the lack of a remote system that would have allowed workers to clamp shut Deepwater Horizon's wellhead so it would not continue to gush oil. The rig is now spilling 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. In a letter sent last year to the Department of the Interior, BP objected to what it called "extensive, prescriptive regulations" proposed in new rules to toughen safety standards. "We believe industry's current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary programs…continue to be very successful." [This is *bullsh*t.* Five years from now, BP will be appealing their seven hundred-dollar fine to the High Wh*re Court, which will quietly concur with the corporaterrorists. Start reading. Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003.]