The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.
And the Marshall Islands, a maze of tiny atolls, many smaller than the ill-fated oil rig, outsourced many of its responsibilities to private companies.
This article takes us through such a convoluted path to the so-called responsible parties that my head hurt after reading it.
“Oversight”? What oversight?
Some offshore drilling experts, as well as some survivors of the explosion that led to the massive spill, say foreign registration also permitted a confusing command structure and understaffing — factors that may have contributed to the disaster.
Of course, a complete overhaul of the current tangled, Rube Goldberg version of a system is a pipe dream. Pun intended. Regulation like this is about as effective as hand notes are for Barbie McLipSchmutz.
And I can’t tell you how much it means to me that conservatives continue to insist on less, not more, “government interference”. Way to stand by America, “patriots”. It’s heartwarming to see how much you care.