It's clear that BP is stretched beyond its own capability to respond to this massive catastrophe. I continue to believe that the company should be removed from the surface effort and that it be militarized. In that public and private lands, as well as economies and millions of jobs are threatened, this is not just a cleanup effort; it is a national security issue. A private corporation, especially a foreign owned one, has no business directing an effort of this scale, especially after the damage that they've caused. The Gulf States must activate their National Guard units, the Coast Guard must take authority, and BP must stand down after turning over its wallet to pay for the mess that they created.
In the meantime, rather than fight new regulations and the deepwater moratorium, the industry should be undertaking a massive effort to, as Dudley asserts, re-engineer the subsea control equipment used in deepwater drilling, as well as rethink how this risky undertaking is managed.
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