Oil Rigs' Safety Questioned as Governments Rely on Private Inspections

"To ensure that oil rigs, tankers and other commercial ships are in safe operating condition, governments around the world, including the U.S. government, often rely on inspections by private firms that are hired and paid by the vessels' owners. But how much confidence should the world have in the maritime watchdogs?"

Source: Wash Post, 08/16/2010

Deep-Sixing the Facts? — Congress Blinds, Hamstrings Oil Spill Commission

Before leaving town for its August vacation, Congress stripped $12 million for the commission from an appropriations bill and denied that panel the subpoena power it needs to find out what happened or what should be done to prevent another spill.

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Fla. Scientists Say Obama Admin Tried To Squelch Oil Plume Findings

St. Petersburg Times' Craig Pittman reports the scientists' announcement in May that research boats had discovered a 6-mile long underwater oil plume was greeted with shushing from the Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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