March 24, 2017

BP Issues Incident Report

A summary of the events that led to the blowout of the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico has been released from a BP investigation team. The 193-page document [.pdf] attributes blame to “a well integrity failure, followed by a loss of hydrostatic control.” BP’s outgoing CEO Tony Hayward removed the jargon and explained, “To put it simply, there was a bad cement job.” Though, BP’s report describes the blowout as not being the result of any one event, but a “complex series of events.” As a result, BP continues to plead that the two other companies involved with the spill should also be culpable, but neither Transocean nor Halliburton have endorsed BP’s incident report.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, formerly the MMS, as well as a separate commission that the President appointed are currently conducting separate incident investigations. These ongoing investigations could release new information about the incident, especially since BP isn’t funding them.

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