For three months we watched as attempts to stop the underwater gusher continued to fail. The spectacle provided a stark reminder of the extreme difficulty of dealing with such an event.
Since then some progress has been made. Most notably, in January, the US President’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling issued recommendations to address how, where and when to drill for oil and gas. There's still much work to be done. But at least decision-makers are moving in the right direction.