From the Wall Street Journal in the USA:
Company’s probe of Gulf disaster finds various parties made decisions that led to rig blast
By SPENCER SWARTZ
BP PLC‘s report on its investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster will assign some of the blame to itself but also hold other companies responsible for the various decisions that led to the explosion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
It remains unclear how much of the blame will be shouldered by BP in the report, which will be released Wednesday. The company has positioned the report as an objective assessment of events leading up to the April 20 explosion of a drilling rig that killed 11 workers and damaged a well, which unleashed nearly five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The report finds BP facing a tricky balancing act. The British company risks exposing itself to greater legal liability if it assumes a large part of the blame for the disaster, but if it doesn’t do this it likely would be accused of evading responsibility. Meanwhile, parceling out blame to other companies involved in the well risks drawing blowback from them. …
As operator of the drilling project, BP has been the target of most of the public blame from the companies it worked with on the project and from many U.S. policy makers. But other firms played instrumental roles, such as Transocean Ltd., which owned the rig and was hired by BP to do drilling work. Halliburton Co. handled the rig’s cementing work, a key component in stabilizing a well when exploration drilling is finished but production hasn’t started.
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BP released the findings of its internal probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Wednesday. The 193-page report accepts some of the blame for the explosion and subsequent spill, but also points the finger at its partners in the operation. In the eight key findings in the report, the company only directly takes responsibility for one of the problems that led to the disaster: here. And here.
BP report: “a devastating litany of human error, incompetence and technical failure”: here.
NWF’s Larry Schweiger: BP “Report” Just More Spin: here.
A report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster issued by BP seeks to place blame for the oil blowout on corporations Transocean and Halliburton while minimizing BP’s own role in the disaster: here.
The owners of the Gulf of Mexico oil rig that exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and spewing crude oil for almost three months, is appealing against a Swiss regulatory body’s decision to stop it from paying shareholders a massive dividend: here.
Massive Fish Kill Reported Off Louisiana: here.
Gulf fisherman: If you don’t have proof of lost wages from BP spill, Ken Feinberg says he’ll accept letter from your priest: here.
BP thrown off FTSE4Good ethical index: here.
Birds from Canada are ready to head south, and are in for a deadly shock when they reach still fouled Gulf Coast: here.