The BP oil spill highlights a systemic problem with our regulatory system.  Laws are passed that are soon bypassed with variances and exceptions.  Regulatory agencies are understaffed and underfunded.  Safety systems are compromised in favor of profit.  Now a whole ocean (the Gulf of Mexico) may be ruined forever.  Animals and plants are dead and dying.   What good are those BP oil jobs doing the people of the Gulf Coast now?  

We are fortunate to still have the beautiful Pacific Ocean, BUT...

The same system that allowed the devastation in the Gulf of Mexico is in place here. Freshwater tissue company is also asking for special favors and exceptions to the law.  The Samoa Mill has a long history of violations.  Fines have been reduced. Variances have been granted.  There is a long list of breakdowns.  The revised water permit makes exceptions to the law.  If the permit is passed, Freshwater Tissue still doesn't have to be in compliance until 2013.  

Environmental regulations are supposed to be about protecting people and the ecosystem not about supporting corporations.  We are sympathetic to the needs of the mill workers. But is the political pressure that is pushing this permit all about the workers or about profit for Freshwater Tissue Company.  Certainly workers are not going to get rich working for the mill.  Are those jobs worth polluting our Ocean?
6/12/2010 04:05:06 am

B.P. has a history of violations and accidents that should have shown the danger of the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010:
1991 B.P. was cited as the most polluting Co. in the U.S. based on E.P.A. toxic release data.
B.P. was named by Mother Jones as one of the ten worst corporations in 2001 and 2005.
1999 charges were brought against B.P. Oil for illegal dumping of hazardous wastes on Alaska's North Slope.
2005 in Texas City, Texas a refinery blew up killing 15 workers.
2006 a badly maintained oil pipeline ruptured and spilled 200,000 gallons of crude oil over Alaska's North Coast (3 separate accidents).
2007 there was a toxic spill of methanol at Prudhoe Bay oil field managed by B.P.
2007 4 B.P. energy traders were charged with manipulating prices of propane.
2008 B.P. was fined for abusing antitrust legislations and setting prices (Russia).
2009 A North Sea helicopter accident killed 16 B.P. workers.
2010 the Gulf of Mexico
Will we learn nothing from this?

s flanagan
7/4/2010 11:04:29 am

Hello...Freshwater is NOT BP. It is NOT producing oil,pumping oil or doing anything that has to do with oil! It IS trying to create an economic base in the Eureka area. How selfish that someone wouldn't want a big business to provide jobs for a VERY depressed area. All Freshwater does "WRONG" is emit clean steam from it's smokestack. Perhaps the environmentalists would like to contribute MILLIONS in income to the poor people of Eureka.

8/8/2010 01:12:56 pm

Art is the object of feeling, and the subject of nature.

8/9/2010 11:11:38 am

I would like weeping with the smile rather than repenting with the cry,when my heart is broken ,is it needed to fix?

8/20/2010 11:07:34 am

o troupe of little vagrants of the world, leave your footprints in my words.

8/22/2010 11:20:59 am

once we dreamt that we were strangers.
we wake up to find that we were dear to each other.


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