The time has come to start peeling the onion on the big, oily Gulf Coast mess. The Washington Post goes at one juicy layer with a story by Juliet Eilperin revealing that the Interior Department gave BP a pass on doing a detailed environmental impact analysis last year because a massive oil spill seemed unlikely. William Galston at The New Republic weighs in with a reminder of the somewhat cozy relationship in recent years between the department's Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, and the oil and gas industry. Political contributions are another layer. Not surprisingly, BP and its …
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