According to this WSJ article, there was a “spat” between the BP company representative and the Trans Ocean employees who actually operated and maintained the rig, on the proper procedure to shut it down. Guess who won? So it appears that the arrogance of the BP representative on the rig is at the root of this tragedy. The more important question is, was the decision his alone or was he carrying out orders from BP executives. Regardless 12 men are dead and the damage from this disaster will impact the region for generations. I guess the only person who wins is the captain of the Exxon Valdez as it appears that he may no longer go down in history as the man responsible for the largest man-made environmental catastrophe ever recorded.