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Olivia Downs Ms. Missy James ENC 1102, 11:35am 16 September 2010 Who Is to Blame? On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred that led to what President Obama calls “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced” (Time 1). The BP Oil Spill dispersed about 206 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the leak at the Macando well was stopped (The Associated Press 1). Because of this incident, deep water drilling is currently under a temporary moratorium in the Gulf. Research is being done on how this happened and what factors led up to it. Many of us ask: Who is to blame for this terrible disaster? Although it was BP’s oil rig and they were responsible for fixing the leak, the government is the one to blame because they didn’t keep an update on this oil rig, they didn’t research past oil spill events, and they are just now trying to come up with new enforcements on deep water drilling to fix their wrongdoings. To begin with, the government is the one to blame because they didn’t keep an update on the BP oil rig. According to the NPR (National Public Radio), reports do find that the Minerals Management Service had problems when reviewing the BP project which were that the exclusions that BP operated under were written in 1981 and 1986 long before the boom in deep water drilling was propelled by new technologies for reaching into the sea floor (The Associated Press 1). One of the main jobs of the government is to protect all of our natural resources. In this
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