MSNBC: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance and a professor at Pace University who‘s looking into the gulf oil spill, appeared on ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’:
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance and a professor at Pace University who‘s looking into the gulf oil spill, appeared on ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews.’
“The agency during the Bush administration which is responsible for promulgating regulations and for exercising oversight of the industry really became just a sock puppet for the oil industry. They almost completely ceased any kind of oversight, and they relied instead on what they call the voluntary regimen so that the industry would regulate itself.
“And one of the outcomes of that we know was that the—that the Deep Water Horizon, the drill rig on which this tragedy occurred, was not equipped with a piece of equipment, which was an acoustical dead man‘s switch, which BP—which is required in Europe. It‘s required in Brazil and other nations. It‘s used almost universally by the oil industry all over the world. But BP was not required to use it.
“Although BP uses these on its own oil rigs in the North Sea, it was not required to use it in this country. And that‘s—and the reason for that was because this agency, the Minerals Management agency, really had simply lost—had a seamless relationship with big oil.”