National Academy of Engineering Report
Panel: BP ignored warning signs on Gulf oil well
(Posted by Jessica Durando)
A group of technical experts said Wednesday that BP and its contractors, in ignoring several warning signs, showed “insufficient consideration of risk and a lack of operating discipline” that helped cause the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The 28-page interim report by the National Academy of Engineering said several failures in the monitoring of the Macondo well contributed to the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. But the panel said it may be impossible to find out exactly what happened since much of the evidence was lost when the rig exploded and 11 workers were killed.
The panel’s findings, the second from an independent entity, echo those in prior investigations by BP, lawmakers and President Obama’s oil spill commission. It began forensic testing Tuesday on the blowout preventer, which did not halt the gusher as designed.
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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asked for the investigation in May, saying he wanted “an independent, science-based understanding of what happened.” A final report is due in June 2011.