The Presidential panel investigating the BP blowout concluded that three corporations were at fault, causing the April 20th rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The panel found that decisions intended to save time and money created an unreasonable amount of risk that triggered the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It was also stated in the report that this type disaster could happen again without significant reforms by industry and government. The commission findings — the result of an investigation requested by President Obama after the explosion — described systemic problems within the offshore energy industry and government regulators who oversee it.
The investigation found that poor decisions led to technical problems that caused the tragic incident that killed 11 people and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP, Halliburton and Transocean, the three key companies involved with the well and the rig that exploded, each made individual decisions that increased risks of a blowout but saved significant time or money. But ultimately, the Deepwater Horizon disaster came down to a single failure, and that was management. When decisions were made, no one was considering the risk they were taking. The panel said that nine technical and engineering calls increased the risk of a blowout. The root causes are systemic, and absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur, the commission concluded its final report, which was delivered to the President on January 11th. This report is bad news for the three companies whose wrongdoing brought about the worst oil spill disaster in our nation’s history. The losses and damages, personal and emotional, will be felt by people in the coastal states for years.
Source: Associated Press and New York Times
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