The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating report today that illustrates just how complicated a federal response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is. According to the report, the oil rig “was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.”
The article quotes James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat and member of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, who pointed to weak inspection standards as playing a major factor in the initial explosion that killed 11 men and has now spilled an estimated 100 million gallons.