The Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, sinking, and well blowout demonstrated the failure of BP’s contingency plans for a worstcase accident. Congressional hearings in June strongly suggested that some of the other plans currently in place in the Gulf of Mexico would not work any better. These plans use much the same language as BP’s, and contain similar errors, errors showing use of an Alaskan template without adequate updates of personnel or adaptation to local flora and fauna. The government’s repeated approval of these plans suggest that regulators were not just asleep but comatose.
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Reprinted with permission from The Environmental Forum.