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
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.