Engineering experts who studied the BP oil spill are blaming what they say are the drilling industry’s inadequate safety practices for many of the bad decisions that led to the oil spill. The new report, from the National Academy of Engineering, a group that advises the federal government, is not good news for any of the Defendants in the oil spill litigation. The report’s authors portray a “deficient safety culture” that led BP to rely on blowout preventers as equipment that just couldn’t fail – even though there were previous failures of the devices that were well-documented. The report says blowout preventers are treated like drilling’s circuit-breakers, but there’s no safety group certifying them in the same way that Underwriters Laboratories approves key electrical safety devices in homes. The experts do say drilling safety has improved in the Gulf of Mexico, but I have to wonder to what extent.
Sources: WSFA.com and Associated Press
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