Well, the powers that be have declared Part One is over, with the end of Deepwater Horizon Response to now former National Incident Commander Thad Allen's stepping away from his role overseeing the BP oil disaster. From the body overseeing the post-disaster and recovery in the Gulf, here's Allen via RestoreTheGulf.gov:
Today the National Incident Command is disestablished and I have transferred oversight of the BP oil spill response to Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft, the Unified Area Commander, in New Orleans. Response operations will continue under transition plans that have developed with our state and local partners. Unity of effort must continue to be our common goal. Our commitment to this response and the people of the Gulf of Mexico remains and I am pleased that Rear Admiral Zukunft will continue his dedicated service. This response has been unprecedented in its scope and complexity and we cannot forget the 11 crew members that lost their lives. As I transition to a new phase of my professional life, I want to thank the thousands of individuals from all levels of government, local communities and organizations, and the private sector who worked tirelessly to contain the discharge, shut in the well, clean up the oil and mitigate the impacts of the spill. It has been my honor to have served with them.
Your new face of the disaster:
I thank Admiral Thad Allen for his dedicated service to our country, and commend his strong leadership throughout the BP oil spill response as well as his exceptional service as Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, a key part of the Department of Homeland Security. The BP oil spill presented unique challenges and required an aggressive, all-of-government approach. As the National Incident Commander, Admiral Allen drew on his experience with major response efforts as well as his long career in the Coast Guard to help direct the aggressive efforts to stop the flow of oil from the Macondo well, mitigate the impacts of the spill on vital coastal areas, and hold the responsible party accountable. I wish him all the best in retirement and his next endeavors.