Disasters

"MMS Investigations of Oil-Rig Accidents Have History of Inconsistency"

Some 60 investigators from the former Minerals Management Service tried to deal with 12,087 oil-related incidents in the gulf reported over the past five years. Those incidents included 30 worker deaths, 1,298 injuries, 514 fires and 23 blowouts that left wells out of control. The investigations were spotty -- few resulted in big fines, and MMS let some companies investigate themselves.

Source: Wash Post, 07/19/2010

"Gulf Spill Raises Questions About Role of Oil Consultants"

Consulting firms helped the BP and other oil companies draw up flawed drilling plans and environmental assessments -- which the Minerals Management Service, under pressure from Congress, the industry, and the Bush administration, then approved. While the Obama administration is cracking down on oil companies and federal regulators, the consultants who helped make the Gulf catastrophe possible are getting far less scrutiny.

Source: McClatchy, 07/16/2010

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