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Monday
Nov082010

Oil Spill Investigators Say Safety Was Not Sacrificed to Cost

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The commission appointed by President Obama to investigate the Gulf oil spill at BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling platform said in a presentation Monday it agrees with most of the findings of BP’s own investigation and that it found no instances where the companies involved in the project put cost-cutting ahead of safety.  

Fred Bartlit, Jr. is chief counsel for the Oil Spill Commission and said no individuals sacrificed safety. “To date, we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety.”

The commission’s preliminary conclusions blame flaws in the cementing job and negative pressure tests of the BP well, along with rig employee’s inattention to signals for the explosion.  Eleven workers died in that blast on April 20th and millions of gallons of crude spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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