Oh yeah, the Nigerian oil business makes the U.S. version look like happy hippie playtime or something....
I just wish we'd hurry up & run out of the shit.
BTW, as the cheif executive (the executive branch is officially in charge of "enforcement" according to the Constitution), is there any conceivable reason why it is not President Obama's duty to directly order the Department of Commerce to freeze all BP assets in the country (to be only released with official approval) until such time as the damage they've caused has been rectified and the costs thereof subtracted?
It seems like dereliction of duty to me. Obama built his career on negotiation skill, but there's a time for that and this ain't it. He won one of the most decisive elections in American history due mainly to disgust over his oil-snake predecessor; if ever the term "mandate" really was applicable in government, this is the moment.
An oil *company* can't act responsibly, because a corporate charter says nothing about ethics or responsibility; the bottom line is the *only* thing that matters. They *are* responsible of course, but they're literally incapable of doing the right thing on their own. They have to be forced, with actual force.