Bush administration reversed Clinton requirement to model deepwater spills by Jed Lewison Share this on Twitter - Bush administration reversed Clinton requirement to model deepwater spills Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 07:00:48 AM PDT If you were developing a plan for responding to an oil spill caused by deepwater offshore drilling, it seems like you should be required to include a model in which you assume that the spill takes place below the surface in deepwater conditions, right?
Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, despite the seemingly obvious nature of that proposition, Federal regulators in the Bush administration eliminated that requirement. Instead of modeling deepwater spills in deepwater conditions, the Minerals Management Service -- the agency charged with regulating offshore drilling -- limited its models to surface spills, allowing the oil industry to develop response plans based on faulty data.
Probably a mistake but one that Obama had much time to correct.
We know that the Gulf was not prepared to deal with this spill. I think that goes back to many different Administrations and the failure of the States to organize to protect themselves and also lobby in Congress for the support they needed.
It is ridiculous to try to blame things on one person when you have a systematic failure to be prepared.
Republican Administrations have in the past cut off funding for projects that they thought were too sciencefictiony like automated highways. That is certainly a pattern.
But we are a nation of States not just a Federal government and States can take matters into their own hands.
After all the fate of the GOM should be most important to the States that border the GOM. Other States have their own concerns.
Planning is something that neither Political Party supports. It costs money and does not gain immediate votes.