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Transocean Shares Blame for BP Oil Spill, Coast Guard Says

U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Coast Guard’s investigation into the BP oil spill has determined that Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, was culpable along with BP for the blowout and subsequent spill that left 11 people dead and devastated wildlife and businesses along parts of the southern coastal states.

Investigators said Transocean's "deficiencies" made the disaster worse.  The Coast Guard said the company lacked a culture that emphasizes safety.

“This investigation seeks to prevent an accident similar to the Deepwater Horizon by identifying the factors that led to the tragedy and making recommendations to remove or minimize those factors in the future,” said Capt. David Fish, chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis. “While nothing can bring back the 11 people who perished in this disaster, there is much that should be learned for the future.”

The Joint Investigation Team is comprised of representatives of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said that a final report on the matter is expected to be issued no later than July 27.

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