Obama's Board of Inquiry: "BP did not sacrifice safety to save money"

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11714906

An inquiry ordered by US President Barack Obama into the BP oil spill has given support to many of the company's own findings, challenging claims BP sacrificed safety to save money.

During a presentation to the oil spill commission, the panel's chief investigator said he agreed with 90% of BP's conclusions about the disaster
Among the commission's preliminary findings, released on Monday, was that there was "no evidence at this time to suggest that there was a conscious decision to sacrifice safety concerns to save money".

"We see no instance where a decision-making person or group of people sat there aware of safety risks, aware of costs, and opted to give up safety for costs," Mr Bartlit said in his presentation.
Welcome news for the BPers. Predictably enough this has led to immediate calls of conspiracy, but this will inevitably have a large impact when it comes time to dole out punitive damages in court cases.

The prelim report is here http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Preliminary Conclusions.pdf
 


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That should keep the tea baggers entertained till christmas . Alex Jones will have a field day . Meanwhile everyone will conveniently forget the Bush family business . US politics is screwed .
 

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I think this is also welcome news for free trade. Obama went after BP and painted them as a foreign company in the roll of a baddie. It smacked of old style Democrat protectionism, with a witch hunt that has now backfired on them badly.
 

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Quelle Surprise! Bilderberg houseboy does the business for big business...
 

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I think this is also welcome news for free trade. Obama went after BP and painted them as a foreign company in the roll of a baddie. It smacked of old style Democrat protectionism, with a witch hunt that has now backfired on them badly.
Maybe all that money BP spent on the US elections is paying off.

Obama should give them their money back, and the families of the dead oil workers should apologise.
 

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Preliminary conclusions but I fund it hard to believe that

No evidence at this time to suggest that there was a conscious decision to sacrifice safety concerns to save money.
When

Negative pressure test repeatedly showed that primary cement job had not isolated hydrocarbons.
Despite those results, BP and TO personnel treated negative pressure test as a complete success.
BP’s temporary abandonment procedures introduced additional risk.
 

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So will Haliburton escape? It was their blow out equipment that failed to prevent he leak and their cement that failed to plug the well. The owners of the Deep Water Horizon are also a US company.

That should keep the tea baggers entertained till christmas . Alex Jones will have a field day . Meanwhile everyone will conveniently forget the Bush family business . US politics is screwed .

Interesting to see if Alex Jones et el will go after the Bush family Business, which in no small part includes huge parts of Haliburton.
 

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BP have by far the worst safety record of any oil company operating in the US, with hundreds of injuries, many deaths, hundreds of safety improvement notices issued.
It was BPs ultimate responsibility to oversea contractors working on the well, whether transocean or haliburton, as per oil pollution act 1990. Clearly BP did not have proper checks or supervision in place.
BP have a shocking safety record. Extraction is a high risk industry but BPs mangement of risks, hazards and preventative maintenance programmes are very poor in comparison to others.
Put simply it is Management Failure on BPs behalf.
BP did, and continue to, sacrifice safety. Whether it is for profit or just plain incompetence is another matter.
 

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They're not saying the safety didn't suck, they're saying it didn't deliberately suck in an effort to save money.

BBC News - Gulf oil spill: President's panel says firms complacent

Three major companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lacked a safety culture and made serious mistakes ahead of the catastrophe, the key inquiry into the disaster has said.

The White House oil spill commission said there was a culture of complacency at BP, Transocean and Halliburton.

"There was not a culture of safety on that rig," co-chair Bill Reilly said.

Mr Reilly called for "top-to-bottom reform" at the companies involved in the well, known as the Macondo well, and faulted a "sweep of bad decisions" by the three companies.

"There appeared to be a rush to completion of the Macondo well and one has to ask where the drive came from that made people determine they couldn't wait for sound cement or the right centralisers," Mr Reilly said.
 

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In the UK .......
1965 Sea Gem, North Sea
Lives lost: 13
Operator: British Petroleum
Metal fatigue was blamed for the sinking of the first operational oil well in the North Sea. Two of the ten rig legs failed causing the rig to fall sideways before sinking.
Some of the crew were able to escape on life rafts, others on a passing boat called the Baltrover. The remainder jumped into the freezing ocean and perished.
Deepwater Horizon and Modern Offshore Drilling Disasters - Offshore Technology

BP was subject to an investigation in the North Sea which found new staff were not trained to “basic safety standards” – six months before its Gulf of Mexico accident
BP lacked 'basic safety' in North Sea before Gulf of Mexico oil spill, HSE investigation finds - Telegraph

..and the US
BP hit with record $15 million fine
Company will pay for fires, pollution at Texas City plant
BP Texas City will pay record $15 million pollution fine | Business | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

97% of Worst Industry Violations Found at BP Refineries
Renegade Refiner: OSHA Says BP Has “Systemic Safety Problem” - The Center for Public Integrity see also..
2010 - 03/08/2010 - US Labor Department's OSHA proposes more than $3 million in fines to BP-Husky refinery near Toledo, Ohio

BP's internal report
BP has published its internal investigation team's report into the accident on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico on 20 April 2010.
Gulf of Mexico response | BP internal investigation | BP
 

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BP did a deal last night with 110k businesses and individuals suing them for 7.8 billion in a settlement over the oil spill. Obviously it's going to be different for every plaintiff, but if everyone were to get an equal cut then you're looking at $70k per claimant.

BBC News - BP's Deepwater Horizon settlement
 


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