How to stop the oil spill and save the planet
When oil spill is not a concern, oil companies will use the government to get out of the way, even if it means making them look bad, the Wall Street Journal’s Mark Hosenball reported Wednesday.
In an article that has become a standard feature of the oil industry’s propaganda, Hosenballs analysis argues that the oil companies have been able to use the state to protect their profits from legal liability for their actions.
The Journal reports that, even after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, the oil giant continued to use state protection to protect its bottom line.
As of now, it is still trying to recover from the spill, but the company has been able, through the use of the state, to keep drilling and production underground and offshore, Hoseball writes.
That means the oil company has managed to avoid the legal consequences that come with spilling oil and other hazardous substances, such as pollution and loss of property.
As a result, the Journal reports, BP is still going to be allowed to drill, produce, and sell its oil despite being found guilty of felony manslaughter and criminal negligence.
The companies’ tactics have been described as “reckless” by environmentalists and others.
In addition to the potential for the government’s legal costs and other penalties, the industry has spent billions on lobbying and lobbying against government regulations.
The Oil & Gas Journal reported that the industry spent $3.4 billion in lobbying last year, with the top lobbying spenders, Exxon Mobil, receiving $1.4 million, followed by Chevron ($1.3 million) and Royal Dutch Shell ($1 million).
The companies have also used their political clout to try to block and block regulations that could limit their ability to continue producing and selling oil, Hosenball writes in the article.
The oil industry, however, is not the only one looking to avoid liability for spills.
Several states have tried to regulate fracking, which involves injecting liquid water or chemicals deep underground to break up shale rock and release the gas.
Some of these states have also attempted to regulate drilling and fracking in general.
A few of the more controversial measures have been adopted by states that have passed laws, like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, and Virginia, which prohibit fracking.
The state of Arkansas is attempting to regulate hydraulic fracturing, which Hosen balls down to one of the most egregious instances of negligence in history, the Oil & Gases Journal reported.
In 2014, oil company Texaco drilled two wells near the town of Elbert, Arkansas, that released methane into the air, according to the Journal.
The gas was so bad that it caused residents to call the emergency services, which was not an uncommon occurrence at the time, the newspaper reported.
As the gas seeped into the ground, the company shut down the wells, which caused more damage.
However, the state did not take any action against the company, and the state has not filed a lawsuit against the oil and gas company.
A similar situation has happened in Texas, where the state government is trying to regulate a number of industries, including hydraulic fracturing.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has been a leading voice for state regulation of the industry, has said that state regulations have been ineffective and that fracking has contributed to skyrocketing methane emissions and climate change.
As Hosenberg wrote in his piece for the Wall St. Journal, “If you can’t regulate it, you can ban it.”