The science is in - and it finds B-P and its contractors failed to learn from "near misses," and made risky decisions that contributed to the oil well blowout and spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those findings are in an interim report out this week that was requested by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Fisheries Scientists, like Aaron Adams with Florida's Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, say the report is a good step as Salazar strengthens oversight of offshore drilling.
Adams says he hopes the oil spill continues to motivate government agencies like the Department of Interior and the National Marine Fisheries Service to collaborate on a plan to assess and manage Gulf resources. He says as it stands right now, there are big gaps in available data.
Adams said that it is common for companies to roll as much as twenty percent of profits into research and development to stay viable, but nowhere near that kind of investment is being put into Gulf research.