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Of course it didn't help that one of the consultants listed in regard to the wildlife, a gentleman named Dr. Peter Lutz, actually died in 2005. So I seriously doubt he helped them put this 2009 document together.

There is so much wrong with how all this has been handled it's hard to know where to start.

Lucien Canton

Oh, good catch!

One of the case studies in my book is the Exxon Valdez spill where the plans were written to meet a state requirement but never implemented. This was particularly bad as the ideal conditiions described in the plan were identical to those of the spill - it should have been a cake walk for Exxon. No one ever learns from history!


I'd love to take credit but I've seen multiple news stories about this.

Also, wasn't there a mock disaster drill like a week or so before the initial rig fire with oil companies/the navy/coast guard or somebody?

Lucien Canton

I'm not sure but I wouldn't be surprised. It's not uncommon for exercises to either continue false assumptions or arrive at conclusions that are then not acted upon. The classic, of course, was the excellent hurricane exercise conducted in Louisianna a year or so before Katrina. The players identified and recommended solutions for most of the major problems encountered in Katrina.

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