Oil Spill Blame For Everyone!

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill just released a key chapter from their final report.  Long story short…everyone is to blame.  The commission found that Transocean that provided the staff, Halliburton that provided cement to secure the wells and other services, and of course BP, all continuously made “baffling decisions that played a role in the disaster.”  To emphasize the weight of these statements consider this last statement was made by  William Reilly, arguably an industry insider as a board member of ConocoPhillips and who headed the EPA under President George H.W. Bush, who served the commission’s co-chairman. However, Reilly states

“Given that both of these companies plus BP are active in virtually every ocean, I have concluded reluctantly that we have a systemwide problem that is going to require a systemwide solution”

The commission also found that  errors pointed to bad management and communication and to favoring profits and time over risk prevention.

“The fact that there was a pattern is what created a sense among the commission that this is a large problem”

The report also fingers the government who failed to adequately oversee the whole thing. Of course there is us too who put the demand on oil in the first place.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.