The EPA and USDA are worthless here in America. They have no authority to do anything. I wonder if in other countries, if your regulatory agencies have the authority to actually do their job.
Worthless (EPA), I will agree with, but not without Authority.
Unfortunately, the EPA has enough authority to close many outdoor recreational areas under false pretenses, because they are being used "inappropriately" and by average Americans who don't have huge resources to fight (unlimited cash flow). I do agree that they (EPA) can't truly fight Big Business (Oil in this case).
Reality is, BP does have a not so good safety record, but they had the required safety valves in place to stop the leak, but due to the type of collapse, the valve failed. To my knowledge this has never happened before and this is WORSE than the previously thinkable Worst Case Scenario. It could have just as easily have been any other Oil Company and driller.
What is ridiculous is how the Government is helping to manage the cleanup by blocking certain groups from working and actually doing something, because it's not the "Approved" Cleanup plan.