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Spill Children: The Untold Story of the BP Gulf Oil Disaster

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

MORE TROUBLE: Gulf smells like tap water, no salt or fish smell

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Climate Progress – Oilpocalypse revisited: Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Oilpocalypse revisited: Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission
October 8, 2010

Obama beach oil

“The administration deserves to be criticized for how it dealt with the spill estimates,” said Joseph Romm, who writes the blog Climateprogress.org for the liberal Center for American Progress think tank.

He points out that BP always knew lower measurements of oil in the water could mean the company would have to pay less in damages.

“That meant the administration had an extra responsibility to do its own objective analysis,” Romm said. “It was a big deal, and it should have been pursued more systematically.”

I was interviewed by NPR this week on the BP oil disaster Commission, which released a draft report criticizing many aspects of the administration’s  handling of the spill undersea volcano (click here for audio).  I had written as far back as May 1 on the lowball estimates coming out of BP on the flow rate, which the administration seemed to give far too much credence to for far too long (see “Oilpocalypse Now: WSJ reports BP oil disaster may be leaking at rate of 1 million gallons a day“).

Brad Johnson has a good Wonk Room post on the report, which I cross-post below.

On May 22, 2010, President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, to investigate the Gulf of Mexico disaster and recommend policies to guard against future offshore disasters, as recommended by the Wonk Room earlier that month. Today, as the commission nears its six-month deadline, it has issued several staff-written draft reports on contentious topics, from dispersants to oil flow estimates.

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