Preshow homework: BP wasn’t ready

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By The Rachel Maddow Show

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Tonight on the show, we’re looking at why BP wasn’t prepared to deal with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Short answer: No one made the company get ready. BP’s 2009 response plan for a Gulf oil spill weighs in at 583 pages (pdf). Among them, you’ll find mention of walruses, which live nowhere near the Deepwater Horizon, and a wildlife expert who died in 2005 and was supposed to help save them. If you haven’t got time to read the whole thing, you can check the cool flow chart – it proves someone was supposed to be in charge, a “Qualified Individual.” The AP takes a wonderful, substantive look at the report, if you want someone to do the lifting for you. And while you’re at it, check out the two letters from the Coast Guard to BP – one to Doug Suttles (pdf) and one to Tony Hayward (pdf). We’ll see you at 9 Eastern.

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Preshow homework: BP wasn't ready

Updated