Kierán Suckling, executive director of the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, said the administration's waiver "put BP entirely in control" of the way it conducted its drilling.
"The agency's oversight role has devolved to little more than rubber-stamping British Petroleum's self-serving drilling plans," Suckling said.
How did BP get such preferential treatment? Barack Obama, it turns out, was the biggest beneficiary of BP's campaign contributions. In an interview with Chris Matthews, Salazaar said that, since the explosion, "[w]e were stepping on the neck of BP to do everything we can do."