Why Didn’t BP Have a Plan in the Event of a Massive Spill?

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Kate Sheppard appeared on Hardball With Chris Matthews to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and how a lack of regulations for BP and the rest of the oil industry has rendered the cleanup process ineffective.

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