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Oil Spill Commission and how government functions

October 6, 2010

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released four papers.ref The two important papers are: Decision-Making Within the Unified Command and The Use of Surface and Subsea Dispersants During the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico 2010

The first paper essentially concludes, the response was to slow and generally did not scale well. It was stubborn from the outset, misunderstanding the flow, horrible in the intermediary as it was not able to establish a framework of interagency cooperation and scientific expertise. And in the conclusion those who seem in position to take credit actually mismanaged the campaign, not incident, are the same people who botched the process.

There must be adoption of systems that are fully managed in hierarchical structure, with clear command and subordinate structures in place. These are utilized by regulation agencies to interact and coordinate with the government. In reality the systems in place are rigid, not fluid, and stubborn to be fully implemented or appreciated.

Why can’t the government merely use structures effectively that are there? I suppose its the same reason why the government cannot appreciate and effectively use the preexisting Constitution framework as well.

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