Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gulf Oil Spill Final Report Released

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT) released its final investigative report on the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion, loss of life, and resulting oil spill. Volumes one and two of the final report as well as earlier hearings, transcripts, multimedia, and fact sheets gathered during the investigation into the spill are available from the joint commission website.

In contrast to earlier evaluations of the accident, the final BOEMRE report issued on Sept. 14, 2011, assigns the major portion of the blame to BP while still finding fault with both Halliburton and Transocean.  According to the report, BP took shortcuts to speed production at the site which was behind schedule and over budget.  The loss of life and catastrophic oil spill were the result of "poor risk management, last minute changes to plans, failure to observe and respond to critical indicators, inadequate well control response, and insufficent emergency bridge response training...."  The NY Times quoted a former Justice department official who speculated that the criminal charges may be brought against all three corporations. 

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