While not exactly earthshaking, a draft study released today by the staff of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, may be the source of some satisfaction to the many Americans who remain skeptical of the government’s response to the disaster:
By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem.
The draft report (below) is one of four released by the commission today. The others are:
- Decision-Making Within the Unified Command
- The Use of Surface and Subsea Dispersants During the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
- The Challenges of Oil Spill Response in the Arctic
The weekly update issued by the government’s Unified Area Command didn’t comment on the studies.