reply to post by Britguy
Hey Britguy, I'm still burnt from going on into the early morning hours on this today. Quit about 2:30am PST I think, so I'm not going plunge back
in the way I did last night, but you're right and maybe not as right as you would normally be at the same time.
Since the rig is registered or rather was registered in the Marshall Islands, US regulatory control, while a big part in this, was also somewhat
limited in both their responsibility and legal authority, since they share it with the Marashall Islands authorities, as crazy as that may sound.
I'm fairly knowledgeable on this as I did a lot of research on environmental issues going through college and so I have no intent to defend US policy
in that area, because at every step regulatory agencies work closely with industries to meet their needs, and only secondarily to protect people or
the environment. And, like Max Weber wrote on bureaucracies, they develop intrinsic interests for their own survival and growth as they mature.
The Interior Department and MMS are at the nexus in the center of the corporate activities and rivalries in this case but do nothing, as far as I can
see, to mitigate the conflicts that come up in that matrix. Or maybe they do, but it comes through the corruption or buying off of public officials.
That may well have happened in this case.
Currently, I'm focused on biowarfare issues and the military industrial complex and the same kinds of conflicts abound. Of course, we like to call it
a "biodefense" industry, but that' s relevant only in that much of is about private industry and we now have sixteen federal agencies with separate
areas of regulatory responsibility to oversea over 400 biowarfare labs in the US and they DON'T coordinate their efforts or information!!!
Consequently, the GAO which is supposed to oversee all government expenditures couldn't even draw up a report that could conclusively tell how many
people, companies, universities, state run labs, or DoD labs employed or now often they were inspected for safety concerns. Nor could they conclude
precisely what bioagents or pathogens were being used in what labs.
That's our federal government. It's a real public/private frankenstein attempt to reconcile capitalism with public sector issues and interests. Way
more often than not, private companies make out like bandits and we pay the taxes the agencies that are supposed to be protecting us, but end up as
unofficial employees of the interests they are supposed to regulate. I was serious when I said the MMS mainly went out to rigs so snort meth, watch
porn and maybe get a hooker provided by BP (or I'm sure Exxon, Texaco and other oil companies. This was a big scandal a couple of years ago in
So if you've got more on the federal role, educate me! It's almost never transparent and so much is always there to learn.