Report: Lots of Woulda, Coulda, Shouldas Leading Up to BP Oil Spill

January 6, 2011

(ChattahBox US News)—The presidential panel tasked with investigating the cause of the BP oil spill issued a partial report today filled with withering criticism for the companies that played a part in the Gulf disaster, especially BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. The report found that the massive oil spill that leaked millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, that killed 11 workers, could easily have been prevented. The panel found the problems contributing to the oil disaster were a “failure of management” and “systemic,” concluding that unless a complete overhaul is carried out of  “both industry practices and government policies,” another such oil disaster is likely to occur.

Since the BP oil disaster, major changes were made to operations and permitting procedures within the Interior Department, after years of graft and rubber-stamping of oil drilling permits under the Bush administration. But it’s not clear what concrete changes have been carried out within the oil drilling industry. This report should certainly sound the alarm.

The Houston Chronicle writes:

“The commission said it had not determined whether anyone at BP or another company consciously chose a riskier alternative because it was less costly.”

“But, it added, “whether purposeful or not, many of the decisions that BP, Halliburton and Transocean made that increased the risk of the Macondo blowout clearly saved those companies significant time and money.”‘

The report concluded that the BP Gulf oil disaster was not an act of God or an aberration, but was totally foreseeable and completely preventable.

“The blowout was not the product of a series of aberrational decisions made by rogue industry or government officials that could not have been anticipated or expected to occur again,” the commission concluded. “Rather, the root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur.”

The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are still defiled with the toxic oil and chemical dispersants used to dilute the oil. A recent government report found deepwater deposits of oil near the blownout Macondo well, in amounts “that could threaten organisms in the Gulf.”

Another team of government scientists found dead sea corals corals, just seven-miles from the Macondo wellhead. And yet another expedition found evidence that the oil is contaminating the vital marine food chain that may affect our food supply for years to come.

Let’s hope BP, Haliburton, Transocean and others run through all of the woulda, coulda, shouldas leading up to the BP Gulf oil spill and make the necessary corrections, before another oil drilling disaster poisons our enviornment.


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