BP’s report into the oil spill that devastated the Gulf coast and killed 11 workers has been released today on BP’s website.
Accoring to BP, evidence shows that the blame cannot be attributed to any one party alone or any “single factor”. Instead, claims the report, the spill was caused by multiple failures of BP and other firms.
The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20 led to 206 million gallons of oil spewing into the ocean with dramatic consequences for the Gulf coast economy and for the environment.
BP today admitted in its report that some of the blame lay on the shoulders of BP workers, but also attributed failings to rig owner Transocean Ltd. and cement contractor Halliburton.
“It is evident that a series of complex events, rather than a single mistake or failure, led to the tragedy,” said outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward, who has agreed to step down Oct 1. “Multiple parties, including BP, Halliburton and Transocean, were involved.”
However, environment groups have said that the findings of BP’s report into the oil spill are “irrelevant” and “inevitable”.
Jim Footner, head of energy at Greenpeace UK, said: “Human error and technical failure will always occur. What we need is for governments to step in and prevent the industry taking the reckless risk of drilling in places where those inevitable problems become large-scale disasters.”
BP may also have the evidence given in their report challenged as several divisions of the U.S. government, including the Justice Department, Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, are also investigating.
Have a look at the BP report for yourself: bp.com
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