Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling Report to the President
1.11.2011 White House Commission assigns blame for 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.
The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling findings are now public. This report, created by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, was commissioned by President Obama in the aftermath of the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
The Commission was charged to thoroughly research offshore drilling, identify the main causes of the spill and present findings that would prevent offshore drilling spills in the future or at least recommend ways to respond and curtail damage as quickly as possible should such an event take place.
The report presents the following conclusions:
• The explosive loss of the Macondo well could have been prevented.
• The immediate causes of the Macondo well blowout can be traced to a series of identifiable mistakes made by BP, Halliburton, and Transocean that reveal such systematic failures in risk management that they place in doubt the safety culture of the entire industry.
• Deepwater energy exploration and production, particularly at the frontiers of experience, involve risks for which neither industry nor government has been adequately prepared, but for which they can and must be prepared in the future.
• To assure human safety and environmental protection, regulatory oversight of leasing, energy exploration, and production require reforms even beyond those significant reforms already initiated since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Fundamental reform will be needed in both the structure of those in charge of regulatory oversight and their internal decisionmaking process to ensure their political autonomy, technical expertise, and their full consideration of environmental protection concerns.
• Because regulatory oversight alone will not be sufficient to ensure adequate safety, the oil and gas industry will need to take its own, unilateral steps to increase dramatically safety throughout the industry, including self-policing mechanisms that supplement governmental enforcement.
• The technology, laws and regulations, and practices for containing, responding to, and cleaning up spills lag behind the real risks associated with deepwater drilling into large, high-pressure reservoirs of oil and gas located far offshore and thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface. Government must close the existing gap and industry must support rather than resist that effort.
• Scientific understanding of environmental conditions in sensitive environments in deep Gulf waters, along the region’s coastal habitats, and in areas proposed for more drilling, such as the Arctic, is inadequate. The same is true of the human and natural impacts of oil spills.
To read the full report click here.
The parties responsible for the Gulf Coast oil spill can be held accountable; however, the longer you wait, the less likely it is that you can get compensation. Weitz & Luxenberg will help you file a lawsuit against BP that can compensate you for losses such as:
- Income dependent on fishing, clamming, shrimping, or any other oceanic-based business
- Income dependent on tourism
- Income dependent on migration to the gulf coast area
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the oil spill
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Moving costs
- Incurred debt as a result of expenses and lack of income
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