We Need To Learn From Others’ Past Experiences

On May 15, AOL News posted a story about Nick Pozzi, who was an engineer with ARAMCO in 1993, when an oil spill larger that what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico happened in the Persian Gulf. 

According to the story:

“But remarkably, by employing a fleet of empty supertankers to suck crude off the water’s surface, Pozzi’s team was not only able to clean up the spill, but also salvage 85 percent of the oil, he says.”

The spill was approximately 70 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.  According to the article, Mr. Pozzi has tried on numerous occasions to lend his experience to the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but:

“Shortly after the April 22 sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, he and a friend, Houston attorney Jon King (with whom Pozzi recently launched a business called Wow Environmental Solutions), traveled to Houma, La., headquarters for BP’s response center, to offer up the lessons he’d learned working in the Persian Gulf.

“Ever since, he says, the pair’s been stonewalled.”

Meanwhile, we are watching the marshlands and beaches of Louisiana being destroyed.  Mr. President and BP, please listen to the voices of experience.