Overcoming Myopia; Learning from the BP Oil Spill and Other Catastrophes, by H. Kunrether and E Michel-Kerjan. Milken Institute Review. Fourth Quarter, 2010; 10 pp. Not a lot of new information here, but a useful summary of matters to ponder.
- BP and Halliburton knew of flaws in cement used on Gulf well (guardian.co.uk)
- Haliburton, BP Knew Cement was Faulty Weeks Before Gulf Spill (treehugger.com)
- Halliburton’s Gulf Oil Spill Admission: Critical Test Skipped On Deepwater Horizon Before BP Oil Spill (huffingtonpost.com)
Number of residents denied BP money up sharply
By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Brian Skoloff, Associated Press
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Denied claims for Gulf of Mexico oil spill victims are rising dramatically because of a flood of new filings coming in without proper documentation or with no proof at all, the head of the $20 billion BP fund said Monday.
Testing critical components is critical. Ignoring test failures is criminal. People die. This time, in the Gulf oil spill, it was eleven lives. Recovery can learn from this experience. Products used to meet post-event, upgraded standards and building codes need to be tested to the upgraded specifications. This includes wind, flood, shake, and fire resistant materials. These materials, and any improved design features, must be tested, to assure the intended performance of the structure in the next event. Structures that incorporate materials and design features that pass tests form the foundation of a solid recovery.