By Mandy Smithberger and Bryan Rahija
We decided to reflect on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster by poring though our coverage of the spill in its immediate aftermath. One thing that struck us: it's kind of remarkable how many questions are still not definitively answered when it comes to accountability.
Have government regulators made the right adjustments? Do they have enough funding to do their jobs? Do they have enough training? Can taxpayers trust the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to work in the public's best interest when it comes to collecting taxpayer royalties for oil harvested on federal lands? What happened to the legislative reforms proposed in the wake of the spill?
We've listed our coverage of the spill in April and May below. You can find additional material here.
- April 28 - How Much Will the Deepwater Horizon Spill Cost Taxpayers?
- April 29 -
- April 30 - MMS Scandal: Where Are They Now? Deepwater Horizon Edition
- May 3 - Would the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Have Been Prevented by Stronger Oversight from the U.S Minerals Management Service?
- May 4 - MMS Understated Scale and Impact of Oil Spills in Five-Year Plan
- May 5 - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: IG Report on Criminal Prosecution Process
- May 7 - The Amount of Royalties Taxpayers Have Lost in the Gulf Oil Spill
- May 10 - IG Warned Congress About Failures of MMS, Interior
- May 11 -
- Questions to Ask Salazar About Splitting the Minerals Management Service After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf
- May 12 - Deepwater Horizon Disaster Results in a Gusher of New Misconduct Instances
- May 14 - President Obama Agrees with POGO: Cozy Relationship Between Industry and MMS Must End
- May 17 -
- May 18 - Salazar Testifies Before Senate on Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
- May 19 - Salazar Untangles Conflicted Functions of Minerals Management Service
- May 20 - Oil Ganache: The MMS Alaska Office's "Drill Baby Drill" Cake
- May 21 - Can a Lab Paid by BP Assess the Environmental Damage from the Gulf Oil Spill Without Bias?
- May 24 -
- May 25 -
- May 26 - Notes from Today's House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Deepwater Disaster
- May 27 -
Mandy Smithberger is a POGO Investigator. Bryan Rahija edits POGO's blog.