After the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010, the Obama administration organized a massive response operation to the massive amount of oil that contain above the Gulf of Mexico. Extraction intense public attention and finally widespread criticism that the response adhered to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was a federal law that the crisis does not soon reveal well understood – or even accepted – by all parties. This two-part housing profiles of the s … Read more »

After the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010, the Obama administration organized a massive response operation to the massive amount of oil that contain above the Gulf of Mexico. Extraction intense public attention and finally widespread criticism that the response adhered to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was a federal law that the crisis does not soon reveal well understood – or even accepted – by all parties. This two-part case profiles the efforts of senior officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as the actions of a variety of actors, who fought by numerous federal partners (including key members of the Obama White House) coordinate the political leadership the affected Gulf states and sub-state jurisdictions and the private sector. Case A gives an overview of the disaster and early response; discussed the formation of the National Incident Command (NIC), which had the responsibility for managing response activities, and explores the NIC efforts to the actions of the various federal entities to coordinate. Case B focuses on the challenges encountered the NIC as it sought to engage state and local actors – an effort that would grow more and more complicated as the crisis deepens throughout the spring and summer of 2010. CERTIFICATE 1,981.0
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David Giles,
Arnold Howitt,
Dutch Leonard
Source: Harvard Kennedy School
24 pages.
Release date: 25 February 2013. Prod #: HKS739-PDF-ENG
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: The policy of the Rapid Reaction (A) HBR case solution