Panel: BP laxity led to oil spill

BP and its partners all made serious mistakes in the run-up to the largest offshore oil spill in the U.S. history, illustrating the need for a better safety culture in the oil drilling sector, White House oil spill commission co-chair Bill Reilly said on yesterday.

Complacency at BP, as well as Transocean and Halliburton, led to serious missteps prior to the rig explosion that unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the summer.

Both Reilly and his commission co-chair Bob Graham sought to clarify comments made Monday by the commission’s chief counsel that workers for the companies did not cut corners on safety to save money.

They said the panel’s investigators did not find evidence that individual workers sacrificed safety over monetary concerns, but that does not mean that the companies involved placed enough emphasis on safety. “The problem here is that there was a culture that did not promote safety,” said Graham, a former senator.

Big firms disagree on probe findings

WASHINGTON – The panel’s investigators detailed their preliminary findings about the causes of the BP spill, outlining a series of on-site misjudgments that preceded the drilling disaster that killed 11 people. Representatives of BP and its partners disagreed on key aspects of responsibilities and causes of the spill.


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