As shocking as the situation in the Gulf of Mexico may be, in this broader context it must be regarded as a normal event. That’s not to say that it’s normal in relation to past experience. Rather, the Gulf spill is “the new normal,” in the sense that our current energy strategy—or lack thereof—will make such events increasingly likely, even if we assume conditions of effective regulation and responsible compliance that evidently were not present on the Deepwater Horizon.
Parson, Edward A. "The Gulf Spill Context: Peak Oil, Risky Oil, and Energy Strategy." Law Quad. Notes 53, no. 2 (2010): 34-5.