BP a Lesson in Being Prepared

BP was NOT prepared for the events that took place on April 20th, nor were they prepared for the environmental aftermath after the fact either.

In its 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well, BP suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals.

This according to a Business Week article published on May 1st.  THIS coming from a company that drills for and sells oil for a living.  THIS coming from a company that planned to do business in a vast waterbody where there are no boundaries between the living organisms that cultivate there and the platform that would be anchored hundreds of feet into the very water it shared.

Really, BP?  You didn’t have a clue?  You thought you were so invincible, so powerful, that no human (or mechanical) error would ever occur?  What planet are you originally from because apparently, it’s not Earth!

Now, they DID have a plan, albeit a soft-core one.  An excerpt from a NewOrleans.com piece that investigates what BP did and didn’t know:

This makes it clear that BP could have stored adequate boom there before a rig failure like the Deepwater Horizon, and workers could have been mobilized to apply the boom in the 30 days that the response plan predicted oil would hit our wetlands.

And if you haven’t read that entire article, I suggest you do.  It’s quite interesting what the writer was able to obtain from inside the company.

Still, what resonates with me is that not only was BP NOT prepared for a disaster of this magnitude, but that they also didn’t spend time planning and preparing effectively. It’s almost like they didn’t care.

Now, I could continue on and on with who else to blame and all that garbage but I think it’s time to turn the tables and look at what can be learned from this.

Number one – have a realistic plan in place and be prepared for the worst.

You had to know I was going there.  I don’t care if we are talking environmental disasters or financial breakdowns (i.e. the bank & auto industry fails of 2008 resulting in decreased advertising revenue for the media industry).  Bottom line, no company is invincible to the possible.  Have a plan in place that effectively looks at solutions to potential obstacles, including solutions that deviate from the norm.  Be prepared!

Number two – we have GOT to look into cleaner energy solutions.

I really like this article written by Bob Deans of the Natural Resources Defense Council as posted on Salem-News.com.  Among other things, he speaks of an independent commission that should investigate the cause of the accident and determine what should be done to prevent something like this from happening in the future.  I agree.  Somebody should be investigating this from top to bottom.  But, I also think whomever is on this committee has to be as independent as possible so as to garner the best possible solutions without influence (if this is even possible).

I have to give some props to the state of North Carolina.  While current studies show that the possibility of the oil reaching our coastal waters is highly unlikely, our government agencies are not taking any chances and have begun preparing for the worst should it actually happen.

According to an article by the Greensboro News-Record among other things:

emergency officials here it decided to update the spill response plan, though it was last revised only a year ago

That’s the beauty of a “working document”.  It can be altered as needed.

North Carolina’s Coast Guard stands ready to assist in whatever clean up efforts we face while our state agencies are keeping on top of the federal response to what’s happening many miles south of us.

It is hard for me to feel bad for anyone associated with BP, the management team that is.  Shame, shame for not doing what you should have done before taking anchor in a vast body of water that’s not even yours to begin with.  The world’s water IS the world’s water and living organisms make their home there.  How dare you take that for granted!

Image courtesy of Hotindienews.com.

2 Responses to “BP a Lesson in Being Prepared”
  1. Ashley Sue says:

    What’s nuts is that this happened 31 years ago. Thirty-one years. And the exact same structure and methods are being attempted to stop the disaster from growing as were tried — and failed — 31 years ago. Bah.

    Have you heard about Kevin Costner offering insight into technology that could plug the rig, or clamp it, or something? I haven’t heard enough about that yet, but am really curious.

    • lasullivan says:

      Thank you for reading and responding, Ashley Sue!

      I had heard about Kevin Costner’s technological advancement but truthfully, I didn’t pay much attention to it. However, at this point, if it’s viable, they should give it a shot. Nothing else seems to be working so why not try just about anything?

      It’s truly a mess that NEVER should have happened. The ignorance that BP showed in planning & preparation before drilling just blows my mind.

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