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BP Oil Spill Highlights Need For Federal Safety Regulations

May 14, 2010 — by Jeff Mundy
Tags: News

The tragic BP offshore oil rig explosion and pipeline leak strongly highlight the need for stricter safety regulation and government oversight in this area, as with so many others, both to protect worker safety and the environment. The companies are now focused on their legal positions, pointing fingers of blame at one another, and by the public accounts of some rig workers they were pressured into signing legal documents before they could contact their families who wondered if they were dead or alive.

As concerned citizens, we must all be must be focused on safety and the changes that must happen to prevent another tragedy like this from happening. This news article gives a good description of the companies' attempts to avoid blame for this tragedy, as well as the problems with ineffective government oversight in this area that essentially punted the decisions to the companies to police themselves:
 


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