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Monday, November 08, 2010

Oil-Spill Commission Finds No Evidence BP Put Saving Cash Over Safety

Lead Investigator on Presidential Panel for GP Gulf Oil-Spill Investigation Finds no Evidence Anyone put Shortcut for Savings over Safety
Monday, November 08, 2010
.Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling platform
sinks during Gulf Oil Disaster.
DoE File photo
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* Bloomberg.com brings us the following report and it starts off like this... The U.S. panel investigating the BP Plc oil spill found no evidence decisions were made to put profit ahead of safety on the drilling rig, its co-chairman said... Environmental groups and lawmakers have said BP cut corners to reduce costs as the company sought to complete the doomed well that was $58.4 million over budget and move the Deepwater Horizon rig leased from Transocean Ltd. to another project. The U.S. House in July passed legislation that would bar BP from offshore drilling leases based on safety lapses... “We certainly found no evidence that anyone had scrimped on safety, for example, to save money,” William Reilly, co- chairman of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, told reporters today at a break in the commission’s meeting in Washington...The panel is releasing preliminary findings today on causes of the blowout...
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* The New York Times has this take... The lead investigator for the presidential panel investigating the BP oil spill said on Monday that he had found no evidence that anyone involved in drilling the doomed well had taken safety shortcuts to save money... Fred H. Bartlit Jr., a prominent trial lawyer hired to lead the panel’s inquiry, disputed the findings of other investigators, including members of Congress, who have charged that BP and its main partners, Transocean and Halliburton, had cut corners to speed completion of the well, which cost $1.5 million a day to drill... “To date we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” Mr. Bartlit said on Monday. The statement came near the beginning of a detailed presentation Mr. Bartlit gave on the causes of the April 20 disaster on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 workers and led to the biggest offshore oil spill in American history...
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Can’t wait to see how the Anti-Oil/Dem nuts
Try to spin this bit of news up!
AubreyJ.........

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