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Japan's nuclear crisis has dominated recent environmental news, bumping coverage of  the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Marking the one year anniversary of the disaster, BP has awarded their executives safety bonuses and are petitioning to continue drilling in the Gulf.
Transocean, the world's largest offshore drilling company, owned the oil rig that exploded killing 11 workers and gushing millions of crude oil for three months into the Gulf.  They filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission patting themselves on the back for their safety record…"notwithstanding" the worst oil spill in U.S. history of course. The filing reads:
"Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record as measured by our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and total potential severity rate (TPSR)…As measured by these standards, we recorded the best year in safety performance in our Company's history, which is a reflection on our commitment to achieving an incident free environment, all the time, everywhere."
To add insult to injury, BP has asked for permission to continue drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  They promise to follow stricter regulations in exchange for drilling.  Companies including Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron have also been granted permission to drill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP has barely kept their promise of cleaning up the mess they made in the Gulf of Mexico thus far.  They reneged on their promise to negotiate early payments to Louisiana to rebuild oyster beds, repair damaged wetlands and build a fish hatchery.  Louisiana now must find millions of dollars to repair the damage and then bill BP for it later.  This leaves Louisiana vulnerable to a litigation battle if BP decides to fight over whether they are responsible for the damage.  BP has already said they do not see how their oil spill damaged oyster beds.
BP promised the Wildlife & Fisheries, which is funded by license fees, to pay $2.5 million in losses.  They have yet to see a dime.  BP has also scaled back clean up workers from 48,000 last summer to 6,000 now.  Oil continues to stain Louisiana's coastline including Red Fish Bay and Pass a Loutre.  With significantly less workers, clean up efforts have slowed just as tourist season is encroaching upon the cash strapped state. 
Tourism is not Louisiana's only industry being severely impacted however.  Accuweather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting an active hurricane season.  A total of 15 storms are predicted for this year, eight of which becoming hurricanes and three of which to become major.  When storms brew in the Gulf and reach the oil-gunked marshes that serve as a buffer, oil will be pushed inland.

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