Gulf Oil Spill

Disaster Recovery – a word I’ve personally heard used in organizations to describe the process by which companies “recover from a disaster” and resume normal activities.   I can only assume a major company like BP would have a detailed action plan in place in the event of an actual disaster. The oil spill in the Gulf  that occurred over a month ago appears now to be no easy task.  http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/25/oil.spill.investigation/index.html

News organizations have daily reports of the oil clean-up progress by counting in “days.”  As I’m writing this it’s now day 36 since the  BP oil spill in the Gulf. The counting of disasters in “days” reminds me of the hostage crisis in Iran back in 1979. At the time of the hostage crisis back then, every night a new episode of a news program detailed in “days” the progress of the hostages held by Iran. The hostages were released somewhere around day “444”. Over a year passed and the program was on every single night – if you weren’t around back then – it was something to witness. That news program is now named “Nightline” and is on ABC- but I digressed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightline_(U.S._news_program)

I feel it’s definitely necessary for BP to take full responsibility for the clean-up of the oil spill. However, I believe the U.S. government needs to take a larger role in being the “watchdog” over the oil spill clean-up.  Being totally clueless about oil spill cleanups and  government oversights in the oil industry, I can only give a fairly uneducated opinion on this matter. When I hear about oil and gas inspectors receiving gifts, the initial “measly” settlement agreements posed by BP to affected residents in the area to avoid lawsuits and the numerous failed attempts by BP to stop the leaks – I can only come to the conclusion that every entity involved has to try SOMETHING ELSE – because  what’s going on now isn’t working.  Tell you something you didn’t know you ask? 

 Only my two cents :-).