Now we’re getting somewhere. The Los Angeles Times reports that international fingerprints are all over the BP crude disaster, as most of us already knew, and that a polluted nexus of maritime law, world finance and corporate shenanigans had the Marshall Islands — the Marshall Islands damn it! — largely responsible for oversight of the Deepwater Horizon’s operations.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.

And the Marshall Islands, a maze of tiny atolls, many smaller than the ill-fated oil rig, outsourced many of its responsibilities to private companies.

Read the full story here.

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