Just weeks before the explosion, President Obama had announced a historic expansion of deep-water drilling in the Gulf, where BP held the majority of the drilling leases. The administration considered the environmental record of drilling companies in the Gulf to be excellent. It didn’t ask questions about BP, and it didn’t consider that the company’s long record of safety violations and environmental accidents might be important, according to Carol Browner, the White House environmental adviser.
The Interior Department is reviewing its first request to conduct deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico since it lifted the ban on such activities last week, officials said Friday.
BP PLC’s new chief executive, Bob Dudley, launched a feisty defense of his company’s response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill this year, accusing the media and some people in the oil industry of fear-mongering and a “rush to judgment” that exacerbated the crisis.
In an unusually public spat, the independent watchdogs inside a dozen federal agencies are alleging government officials have hindered sensitive investigations on topics ranging from missing federal firearms to computer security breaches. The interference, they say, is undermining the very accountability Congress intended when it enacted the Inspectors General Act more than three decades ago.
The nine largest U.S. passenger airlines posted cumulative net income (profit) of $1.45 billion for the three months ending June 30, according to Air Transport News. But how did airlines turn their fortunes around and what does it mean for passengers and airline employees, who can both arguably be described as long-suffering victims of greed in the sky?
The tragedy of John Mackey was one of a string of highly-publicized cases
that has eventually forced the NFL to end many years of intransigence on the issue, and come to grips with the debilitating brain damage resulting from the thousands of collisions players undergo throughout their careers.
New York City’s firefighters have been embroiled in racial and ethnic politics throughout their history, and the Fire Department’s latest civil rights controversy has stoked a political standoff and a hiring freeze.
Public health advocates, porn industry representatives and performers past and present gathered in Oakland on Monday to discuss workplace protection law and whether a more tailored regulation specifically requiring condom use on adult film sets is necessary.
It’s a common misunderstanding is that physicians who are owners of a practice are not subject to OSHA requirements. That may have been be true for that old Marcus Welby-type solo practitioner situation, but not for most practices organized as a professional corporation.
Republican businessman Scott Rigell, who has made streamlining government regulation of businesses a centerpiece of his congressional campaign, has faced problems with federal safety regulations that resulted in thousands of dollars in fines over the past 16 years at two of his auto dealerships, according to federal records.