The U.S. government will block oil giant BP from new government contracts over its "lack of business integrity" stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
The decision follows the London-based company's agreement November 15 to plead guilty to criminal charges including manslaughter, obstruction of Congress and environmental violations related to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent release of about 205 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.FULL STORY
I believe that there needs to be a new uprising company to take the spot of BP. This company has a four million dollar debt on their hands which is nearly impossible to gain back in the next ten years. It sounds more reasonable to bring in a new oil provider with a clean slate that can develop new ways of safely extracting and dispersing the oil without putting millions jobs and life's at risk. Hundreds of merchants have lost jobs due to the effects the oil has on sea life. Along with underwater life, the oil spill also affects us humans as well. The chemicals in oil that are of most concern to humans are called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and some of these are known to cause cancer. I am a marine scientist studying the effects the oil and chemicals in the ocean have on sea life and it is not a pretty sight. Sometimes I feel as if I am putting my own life in danger diving in the ocean because of the hazardous waste that has entered our waters.