Commission: BP, Transocean, Halliburton to Blame for Gulf Oil Spill

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The explosion aboard the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon caused the infamous BP oil spill. (Wikimedia Commons)

Last November, we reported on a commission appointed by the president to investigate the causes of last summer's BP oil disaster. At the time, the commission said there was really no one to blame for the accident. However, the commission's final findings contradict that early sentiment, saying the accident could have been avoided.

 

In an advanced release of the final findings (the full report will be published early next week), the commission now finds fault with the way the oil rig was managed. The report blames BP, Transocean and Halliburton for cutting corners that led to an explosion that cost the lives of 11 men, and polluted the Gulf of Mexico. For details on the release, we speak with John Broder, from The New York Times. 

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David J Fazekas

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