Members of the US House of Representatives last week proposed legislation that would open up more areas for oil drillers offshore, Graeber writes. Lawmakers say getting more work done in the Gulf of Mexico would ensure energy independence.
Two former BP executives testified Wednesday about the effect of cost-cutting measures on BP's drilling operations before the 2010 oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. It marks the third day of the Gulf oil spill trial designed to figure out how much BP and other companies are to blame for the spill.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial got underway Monday. Oil giant BP could face anywhere between $5 billion and $18 billion in fines for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.