Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why Louisiana's Ecosystem Should Sue BP--Houma Today

Published in the Houma Today newspaper, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
July 15, 2010
by Thomas Linzey
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

For months, BP's oil spill has dominated the news.

The blame game between the government and the corporation began mere minutes
after the Deepwater Horizon explosion - the corporation blaming the
regulators, the regulators blaming the corporation.

Been there, done that.

The only exceptional thing about the finger-pointing is that it isn't
exceptional at all.

Although it's rarely said out loud, the regulators allow the energy
corporations to write their own regulations - and when it becomes too
expensive to comply with the regulations, the regulator simply exempts the
corporations from them or the corporations simply rewrite the regulations to
eliminate the added cost......continued....