Did people at the top try to cover up the severity of the oil crisis?
A top Coast Guard official talked to News Five Wednesday afternoon.
Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry attended a coastal recovery meeting in Orange Beach.
Landry said the Coast Guard operated under a “worst case scenario situation.”
She said, “From day one, we said our doctrine, under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, if you go back to the doctrine and all the message traffic that came out, our responsibility is to prepare for a worst case scenario, so we used the term from day one ‘worst case scenario spill,’ which is a total loss of the well.”
Total loss means every bit of oil flowing out.
But how forthcoming did Landry think the federal government was during the spill?
When asked if she thought was any deliberate effort to underestimate the amount of oil that was coming out, Landry said, “No, there wasn’t a deliberate effort. I think there was a lot of uncertainty about the status of the safety mechanisms that were supposed to work, subsurface. There are shutdowns that are supposed to work. There was a lot of uncertainty about whether or not those mechanisms had worked.”
Orange Beach Charter Boat Captain Ben Fairey also attended the meeting.
Did he think the government purposely blocked release of true oil spill estimates?
Fairey said, “I wouldn’t think so. There were so many people that were involved in this and wanted to get this problem under control, so I wouldn’t think that in my estimation that that was the case.”