The response to the accident on March 22 that spilled oil into Galveston Bay was first rate. Time and again, experts used the same word — textbook.
The response was immediate. A lot of workers and equipment was mobilized quickly.
The priorities of the operation were right. Crews worked to minimize environmental damage. They then focused on reopening the shipping lanes to minimize economic damage.
Efforts to inform the public were good, though not perfect.
While the performance of the professionals in the central command was good, diligent and tireless, local folks made their performance better.
When high winds blew booms out of position and oil was getting into sensitive areas, workers with the Galveston Island Beach Patrol or volunteers let the work crews know. Galveston’s officials did well in advocating for a thorough job.
This was a good job containing the damage from a bad accident.