Let's talk about the BP OIl Timeline of events -- and when/why certain decisions were made:
On April 20, 2010, at about 10 p.m., an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. There were 126 people on board at the time. Fifteen of those were injured and eleven died. The Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd., was under contract with BP to drill an exploratory well. BP was the lessee of the area in which the rig was operating. At the time of the explosion, BP and Transocean were in the process of temporarily closing the well, in anticipation of returning it to commercial production. Another company, Halliburton, had completed some cementing of casings in the well less than 24 hours prior to the accident. The Coast Guard responded to the explosion and fire.
The rig's blowout preventer, a fail-safe device fitted at source of the well, did not automatically cut off the oil flow as intended when the explosion occurred
[chessdev]I present this as a starting point of discussion, as well as a response to some fallacious claims I have read by others.
For those interested in the cleanup efforts -- this is my attempt to establish what was happening when; I believe the Obama Administration has actually been highly involved in cleanup efforts, even if those were not communicated well. I ALSO believe that many problems can be seen -- such as why were there so few cleanup vessels on contingency, considering there are THOUSANDS of rigs/wells in the Gulf and off the coast?