hold on ed... I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't all on purpose. I mean, its not like a multi-billion dollar multinational oil firm like BP wanted the a) loss of revenue b) bad pr c)costly cleanup. and its not like the current admin doesn't like a "good disaster" to catalyze some "good legislation". Why did it take obama 8 days to respond... and 12 days before the epa website even mentioned the disaster??? Why did lisa jackson go to an earth day ceremony the day the disaster took place??? And by the way, dont you think its a little coincidental that it happened on earth day??? Do you realize the odds of that happening are less than .3%??? I think by now they know how to keep and maintain offshore oil rigs... I bet this could have been avoided. Drilling is not as dirty as the enviromentalists would have us believe. Spewing oil at the drill site is not very cost effective if you think about it... especially when there are VERY heavy penalties for doing so and oil is worth $77 a barrel. The fact is that the chi-coms, the vietnamese, the indians, and just about everybody else is drilling in the gulf right now. Do you think they care about the "environment"... doubt it.