Big Oil fought off safety rules before rig explosion

This is like what happened to those miners in West Virginia–Massey Energy (i.e., Don Blankenship) having long “fought off,” or just ignored, safety requirements to protect his workers.

It’s also further evidence that the long attack on unions, started by the Great Communicator and variously maintained ever since, has frequent–indeed, routine–lethal consequences.

Here’s an eye-opening website on the problem:

Sixteen deaths a day among the workers in this country! And what with news like this (below), one wonders if it isn’t even more.


Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion

Scroll down to see the proposed safety regulations and BP’s objection

As families mourn the 11 workers thrown overboard in the worst oil rig disaster in decades and as the resulting spill continues to spread through the Gulf of Mexico, new questions are being raised about the training of the drill operators and about the oil company’s commitment to safety.

Deepwater Horizon, the giant technically-advanced rig which exploded on April 20 and sank two days later, is leaking an estimated 42,000 gallons per day through a pipe about 5,000 feet below the surface. The spill has spread across 1,800 square miles — an area larger than Rhode Island — according to satellite images, oozing its way toward the Louisiana coast and posing a threat to wildlife, including a sperm whale spotted in the oil sheen.

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