Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Report Slams BP over Gulf Oil Spill; Systemic Failures Were to Blame

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Report Slams BP over Gulf Oil Spill; Systemic Failures Were to Blame

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ECONOMIES and short cuts by BP and other firms contributed to last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a damning official inquiry has found.

A US presidential commission blamed "systemic" industry failures for last April's rig explosion which killed 11 people and caused one of the worst oil spills in history - also warning they were likely to recur without major reform.

BP, Halliburton and Transocean, the three key companies involved with the Macondo well, made individual decisions that increased risks of a blow-out, but saved significant time or money, the report said.

"Most of the mistakes and oversights at Macondo can be traced back to a single overarching failure - a failure of management," it concluded.

"Better management by BP, Halliburton and Transocean would almost have certainly prevented the blow-out."

The April 20 blast as the Deepwater Horizon rig drilled in deepwater leaked millions of gallons of oil from the well into the sea before finally being capped in July. …

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