BP, Transocean, and Halliburton Blamed for Gulf Oil Spill
Matt | On 15, Sep 2011
The U.S. government has released its report about the causes and failures related to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. As a result of the catastrophe, 11 people died and five million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) found that BP was largely responsible for last year’s tragedy. We kinda knew that already, but still. They, along with rig owner Transocean, were found to be lax on ensuring the safety of equipment and personnel. Halliburton was liable for the shoddy work they did on the cement casing in the oil well.
BOEMRE offered several safety recommendations for the companies.
You can read the entire report here (see PDF).
I believe it’s important to keep this oil spill in the spotlight because the public seems to have forgotten. These three companies were quick to point the finger at one another when it happened, only to later discover they were all at fault. No amount of public relations or monetary reimbursements is going to excuse what this report found … laziness and corner-cutting at the highest levels. People and animals died as a result of this.
I’ll be honest. The oil spill still goes through my mind when I see a sign for fresh Gulf seafood. As a seafood-lover, I worry. Eek…