The most recent report on the Deepwater Horizon was released last week. The report coincides with the Interior Departments issuance of new leases for drilling in the gulf.
Prepared by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council, the report concluded that a series of bad decisions and miscalculations on the part of BP led to the disaster. Federal regulators, too, caught blame their oversights that contributed to the inability of blowout preventers to operate as designed in the event of an emergency.
The most significant finding is that the industry is focused more on drilling and turning a profit than with safety.
Since the disaster, new safety regulations have been put in place and the Minerals Management Services has been reorganized as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Its primary goal is to protect the environment and the lives of all those impacted by the drilling (rig workers, coastal tourism employees, etc.)
The director of the study behind the report, Navy secretary Donald Winter, believes that the improvements made since the disaster allow for the issuance of new leases and subsequent drilling to proceed safely.