World Oilfield Forum
What I now believe is that my question, which I've asked on several industry forums, What specific improvements in offshore safety can be specifically tied back to the causes of the Macondo incident?, is unanswerable. That is, given the number of lawyers in Houston, no IOC (or anyone else, including IHS) is going to want to go on record as giving an answer to this basic question.
So we are in the paradoxical situation of having so many safety glitches on Macondo, from an inadequate number of spacers in the well bore to a dead battery on the BOP--amen a codependent subculture in the mud room in which everyone is determined to show how much each trusts the other by not double-checking the critical issues of cement integrity; but no one is going to say "We addressed that specific issue so that it won't happen again."
I find this situation strange and disturbing; but that's probably because I've not yet "normalized" the DWH/Macondo incident the way everyone else seems to have done.