March 26, 2017

Steven Chu Seized Command of BP Actions

Steven Chu, the American who won the Nobel Prize in 1997 and taught physics at UC Berkley before being tapped as the current Secretary of Energy, has had the final authority for BP’s course of actions during the oil response effort.  Chu did not specify when the Department of Energy began approving BP’s course of actions, nor if his administration was still approving BP’s course of actions, but Chu did speak in the past tense when he admitted the following on his site this week:

Because of the gravity of the situation, the Administration asserted its authority over BP’s actions. As we evaluated the scenarios for stopping the leak, BP was not allowed to move forward on a course of action without the government’s approval.

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