WSJ Unveils In-Depth Details of Chaos at BP Oil Explosion

WSJ: No one in charge at moment of BP’s Gulf explosion.HopeTracker| Andrea Fleytas, a young worker assigned to Deepwater Horizon’s sophisticated navigation machinery, suddenly noticed a glaring oversight at the scene of the catastrophe in the Gulf. No one had called for help.

Ms. Fleytas grabbed the radio and took action. “Madyday. Mayday. This is Deepwater Horizon. We have an uncontrollable fire.”

When Capt. Curt Kuchta, commanding the vessel, understood her action, he reprimanded her for acting without permission.

In a rare in-depth analysis equivalent to a NY Times magazine article, the Wall Street Journal digs deeply into BP’s events in the Gulf. The question one can’t help wondering if the events represent global business at it’s worst. Or is this the new normal? Read on “There Was Nobody in Charge.”