Deepwater Horizon: Lessons From The Gulf Oil Disaster

Deepwater Horizon - Smaller Rig in HoustonThere were a lot of mixed messages in the past year about the Gulf Of Mexico disaster of the Deepwater Horizon. I want to highlight what I believe the lessons should be:

We are human, we make mistakes

Even with a perfect plan, imperfect humans will make mistakes. We will think the rules don’t apply to us. We will think the risks are less than they actually are.

There is no such thing as infallible or unsinkable

We as humans produce nothing that cannot be destroyed. We should have learned this from the Titanic, the Exxon Valdez, and Chernobyl.

The Deepwater Horizon disaster could have been much worse

Without skimmers and all kinds of technological help, the disaster could have been much, much worse. Thank God for the lessons of the past.

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