Gulf Oil Spill – Answers, Please…

In ironic twist, BP finalist for pollution prevention award – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs

BP, now under federal scrutiny because of its role in the deadly Gulf of Mexico explosion and oil spill, is one of three finalists for a federal award honoring offshore oil companies for “outstanding safety and pollution prevention.”

Seriously… heads need to roll in this disaster. Just when Americans were ready to come off the ledge regarding offshore drilling we have an unmitigated disaster with repercussions that will last for decades.

Questions:

  1. What happened to cause an explosion that kills 11 workers and destroys a drilling rig?
  2. What safety procedures were in place and which procedures were circumvented?
  3. What new regulations are going to arise which hopefully will prevent this from happening again – but will also no doubt add to the cost and complexity of developing off-shore resources?
  4. Who’s responsible? The easy target is BP but I’d bet more than a few oil-free shrimp they were also dealing with a mountain of regulatory agencies pushing conflicting demands.
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