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Posted on Sep 8, 2010
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Spreading the love: BP points to Transocean and Halliburton as two other parties that ought to be held accountable for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

That whole Gulf of Mexico oil spill thing? It wasn’t just BP’s fault—or so says BP. The oily megacorp released an internal report Wednesday that pointed to “multiple companies and work teams” that also, in BP’s humble estimation, shoulder some of the blame for the disaster.  —KA

BBC:

BP said that both BP and Transocean staff incorrectly interpreted a safety test which should have flagged up risks of a blowout.

“Over a 40-minute period, the Transocean rig crew failed to recognise and act on the influx of hydrocarbons into the well” which eventually caused the explosion.

BP criticised the cementing of the well—carried out by Halliburton—and repeated previous criticism of the blowout preventer.

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By NZDoug, September 9, 2010 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

Its natural they eat poo and pass the coin, its in their genes….

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment

Of course they pass the buck / shift the blame…

Politicians and corporate executives are TRAINED to NEVER admit fault of any kind… NEVER.

And lying is NOT illegal, whether in print or on TV… only illegal if done so under oath ( if you are later found out to be lying that is ).

What will come of all this as history has shown?

Lower level management will be fired, maybe all companies involved will pay fines and some public images will be somewhat blemished for the time being ( like BP’s ex Exec ).

As soon as the economy finally turns around for most, all will be forgotten and put away in the annals of this theatrical tragedy which should debut on Broadway next spring.

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