The topics of the staff draft working papers are: Decision-Making within the Unified Command (WP#2, 25-pages); The Amount and Fate of the Oil (WP#3, 29-pages); The Use of Surface and Subsea Dispersants during the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (WP#4, 21-pages); and The Challenges of Oil Spill Response in the Arctic (WP#5, 22-pages). A previous working paper, A Brief History of Offshore Oil Drilling (WP#1, 18-pages), was issued on August 23.
"As for the predictions about the spill flow rate, senior government officials were clear with the public what the worst-case flow rate could be: in early May, Secretary Salazar and Admiral Thad Allen told the American people that the worst case scenario could be more than 100,000 barrels a day. In addition, BP reported in 2009 that a blowout of the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) could yield 162,000 barrels of oil a day. . . (see link below).
"Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion the night of April 20, federal authorities, both military and civilian, have been working on-site and around the clock to respond to and mitigate the impact of the resulting BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal government response was full force and immediate, and the response focused on state and local plans and evolved when needed. As directed by the President, the response was based on science, even when that pitted us against BP or state and local officials, and the response pushed BP every step of the way. Finally, and most importantly, the response provided results for the people of the Gulf Coast."