As a result of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, more attention is being focused on the oil industry. In this CNN report environmental attorney Stuart Smith explains that the oil industry is the least environmentally regulated of all industries in the United States. Kevin Thompson who is a prominent feature in “Toxic Soup” is one of Stuart’s proteges. Stuart was the guy who won the initial lawsuit against Ashland Oil vis-a-vis the Martha Oil Fields radioactive tragedy.
Also California Representative Darrell Issa recalls the recent scandal involving the Mineral Management Service (MMS), which I remembered reading a couple years ago. The Mineral Management Service is the government agency mandated with overseeing the oil industry, and according to the Washington Post, employees at MMS “accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored clients and engaged in drug use and illicit sex with employees of the energy firms.” This sounds more like a bad Stanley Kubrick movie than our federal government… Curiouser and curiouser.