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The Department of Homeland Security is running the show like a sordid B movie. In all of this confusion and destruction in the Gulf, the press has been shut out and stripped of their First Amendment rights to report. Residents, who lost jobs, now working for BP, find themselves under a gag order. My contacts in the Gulf report to me that if they speak about the situation, they will be fired. Sounds like a totalitarian country, not the United States
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data compiled and detailed to Capitol Confidential, two refineries owned by BP accounted for an astonishing 97 percent of the most serious violations flagged by government inspectors in the last three years.
Furthermore, of a total 862 citations issued between June 2007 and February 2010 at the two refineries, a stunning 760 were deemed “egregious willful,” with a further 69 classified as “willful.” Shockingly, Exxon-Mobil—widely considered by many environmentalists and liberals itself to be the ultimate bad actor—received only one “egregious willful” citation. Why did OSHA cite BP for more “egregious willful” violations than other companies? Capitol Confidential’s sources indicate that BP, unlike other companies, not only messed up; the company had also failed to take corrective action when problems were flagged.