Oil companies are reckless in many cases because they CAN be. There is no real efforts underway to close off abandoned wells, to put the environment “right” again once they have caused pollution and environmental damage.
The tax severance package in Louisiana is a joke. There IS no tax for the first 2 years so they still like crazy and leave before taxes due. Do they clean up the messes? No. The Gulf of Mexico is rife with leaking wells.
Drilling permits were issued in St Tammany parish for a site across the street from the high school. In a wetlands. Drilling through a sole source aquifer for millions of citizens. As long as the permit is filled correctly it is rubber stamped.
The earth cannot continue to be abused on such a large scale - and yet many regulations designed to protect the planet and the workers have been rolled back under Trump. For profit for large corporations.