The symbiotic relationship between the corporate world and the US government continues as the White House and the Obama administration has granted British Petroleum (BP) the rights to begin re-drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, a little over a year after the disaster that threatened the people and coastlines of the Southern United States. This approval given on October 21st, allows BP to move back into the Gulf and continue drilling even though imposed fines have not been paid to the US people, nor has the coastline cleanup been completed.
A lot of people are not pleased with President Obama after he approved a plan for BP to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, the first of its kind since last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion. Among the upset factions is the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Ed Markey. “Comprehensive safety legislation hasn’t passed Congress, and BP hasn’t paid the fines they owe for their spill, yet BP is being given back the keys to drill in the Gulf,” he said.
About those recovery efforts, a study published last week reported that seafood in the Gulf is still not safe for pregnant women and children to eat. – The Atlantic Wire
To many Americans, the actions by President Obama should not be surprising, even with his continuous battles in and out of court to keep offshore drilling from taking place after the spill. The parallels of these new actions with BP compare closely to Obama’s relationship with Wall Street and the limited investigations, and limited indictments against the major banks he has failed to address while in office.
In fact, since last year the Obama administration has helped suppress much of the news regarding the status of the Gulf region, and environmentalists who have tried to measure toxic levels have been escorted out of the areas by government officials.
In one of the largest and most environmentally destructive disasters in American history, the BP oil spill of 2010 continues to plague and haunt the people, and the states along the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama’s allowance of Britsh Petroleum’s actions to go virtually unscathed is an insult to the thousands of workers along the coast who relied upon fishing and tourism for their economies, and may not be able to regain those financial revenues for another 20 to 50 years.
To date, Congress is making inquries to the President’s new policy with BP, but it does not answer the concerns of the people who live in the Gulf region. In accordance with his track record concerning corporations and businesses, President Obama’s actions in allowing BP to start drilling again one year after the Gulf oil disaster shows that crimes in this administration do not have repercussions beyond a simple slap on the wrist.