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 (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.