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1 Daniel Ballard  Thu, Oct 28, 2010 6:34:36pm

Imagine if BP was actually not the cause. Not that they had all their ducks in a row, but a strong conclusion apart from all those early assumptions is the slap many should absorb. Red cheek and all. Fixing problems beats fixing blame, especially in a politically charged atmosphere.

2 reine.de.tout  Thu, Oct 28, 2010 6:44:35pm

re: #1 Rightwingconspirator

Imagine if BP was actually not the cause. Not that they had all their ducks in a row, but a strong conclusion apart from all those early assumptions is the slap many should absorb. Red cheek and all. Fixing problems beats fixing blame, especially in a politically charged atmosphere.

Fixing problems does beat fixing blame. And no company will want to go through this again; the problems will be fixed as best as they are able to given the best technology available today.

My fear is that the panel will be distracted from the real causes of this problem, and that other companies may end up absorbing some of the blame when they should not.

This particular panel is a great panel for looking at environmental concerns; but when people were first named to it, I thought that there should actually be TWO panels - one comprising experts in drilling, the second comprising experts in environmental matters. But we have just the one, heavily stacked with people, good people I'm sure, but people whose primary interest is in the environmental impact of the spill, not the drilling causes for the spill.

3 Interesting Times  Fri, Oct 29, 2010 5:54:30am

re: #2 reine.de.tout

Remember that company (Schlumberger?) who evacuated their personnel from the rig a day before they were scheduled to leave? Have you heard anything further on that front, i.e. what exactly caused them to make that decision? It sounded like something that would be very significant to this panel's findings...

4 reine.de.tout  Fri, Oct 29, 2010 6:29:44am

re: #3 publicityStunted

Remember that company (Schlumberger?) who evacuated their personnel from the rig a day before they were scheduled to leave? Have you heard anything further on that front, i.e. what exactly caused them to make that decision? It sounded like something that would be very significant to this panel's findings...

Schlumberger owns the company the Roi works for. What I found interesting at the time was that they made sure to get their logging people off the rig; but left there the three mud engineers who work for the Roi's company (and two were killed).

I have not heard any more about them or their decision to remove their personnel. It will be interesting to see if they are called to testify before this panel, and whether or not they are questioned about their decision to remove their personnel, and what would be really interesting would be their response to that question.


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