The BP disaster and rising gasoline prices: Tyson Slocum says oil companies should not be trusted

04/20/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, one year ago the BP oil disaster began. Joining us now is Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program. Yesterday he said:

"On Wednesday, 365 days will have passed since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig triggered the worst environmental disaster our country has ever seen.

"For 87 of those days, we watched helplessly as the government, BP and countless contractors failed to stop the oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

"And in the past year, it looks as though we have learned little.

"We have learned that lax regulations led BP and its contractors to prioritize expediency and cost-cutting at the expense of worker safety and environmental protection. But we have yet to enact stronger safeguards.

"We have learned that blowout preventers - the one piece of equipment that was supposed to be a fail-safe way to prevent an endless gusher - can fail if the force of oil is too strong. But we have yet to find another option.

"We have seen what the oil has done to the Gulf community - to the beaches and marshes, to the wildlife, to the livelihoods of the residents. None has fully recovered since the oil washed over their lives.

"And in the wake of this environmental catastrophe, Congress has failed to pass meaningful legislation that would hold the oil industry accountable, reform the regulatory process and protect both workers and the environment. This legislation has not even been reintroduced in the Senate.

"Lawmakers have failed to enact a single recommendation from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling."

Tyson Slocum joins us on the line right now.

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