BP Re-Enters Politics and the Gulf of Mexico

On the 1 year anniversary of the oil spill, BP has started back up making contributions to politicians, and it is not that suprising on who they are backing. GOP are the beneficiaries of their donations.

BP Corp. North America gave $5,000 contributions to Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif). House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) received $1,000 and $5,000 contributions. Other recipients were the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which each accepted $5,000 from the company.

The only Democrat to receive a donation was Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), who got $3,000 on March 22.

Since the oil spill, there has not been many substantial change to industry standards on how to prevent another oil spill. Despite this lack of change to either the prevention of or the clean up in an event of an oil spill, permits are now being issued by Michael Bromwich of Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to restart deep watery drilling. BPOil.com recently reported on this.

According to a new government report, the new, post-BP offshore drilling safety plan still relies on the BOP, which is flawed by design. When the very accident they are designed to prevent happens, the BOP is rendered useless. Regardless of the lack of any meaningful change since the BP oil disaster, 6 new deepwater drilling permits have just been issued – one of them in water 2,000 feet deeper than BP’s Horizon. And once again, BP will soon be drilling in the Gulf.

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