On April 14, Professor Lazarus appeared on a CNN Special Report, Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster, marking five years since the Gulf Oil Spill. Lazarus, who served as Executive Director of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, described the “systemic failure” of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean that led to “the nation’s biggest environmental catastrophe.”
The Commission’s 2011 report, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, written by Lazarus, recommended improvements in offshore drilling safety to mitigate the risk of future spills. However, five years after the disaster, “Congress has passed not one word of legislation to make any effort to go after and reduce the risk,” Lazarus said.
Read the transcript of the CNN Special Report, Blowout: The Gulf Oil Disaster