Governments, Corporations and the Environment
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Richard B. Philp
All too often it seems that governments are easily swayed by corporate lobbyists who hold
out the appealing prospect of job creation and tax revenues from the development of energy resources
such as crude oil, natural gas and even coal. And all too often it seems that corners are cut without
regard to safety considerations or the environmental impact. It has been said that money dissolves
principles. Some examples are discussed here.
Gulf oil spill, British Petroleum (BP), halliburton Co., Alberta oil sands, oil subsidies, wedge
drilling, fracking, shale methane, well contamination, fracking fluid chemicals, weak self regulation, coal
mining accidents, corruption, gulf spill 2011, risks to marine aquaria, corporate ethics, oil sands
reclamation, mineral exploration, ring of fire, sandy pond, legislation and drinking water.
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