Panel: Massive Oil Spill Could Happen Again

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The presidential panel investigating the BP
oil well blowout says that a series of risky decisions that saved
time and money caused the disaster -- and the incident could happen
again without significant reforms.

That conclusion is the final word on what led to the massive
Gulf oil spill from the seven-member panel appointed by President
Barack Obama to investigate it.

In a 48-page excerpt obtained by The Associated Press, the
commission says that the largest offshore oil spill in history can
be explained by a single failure -- industry management.

Personnel working for the three main companies -- BP, Halliburton
and Transocean -- did not adequately consider how decisions would
increase risk. If they had, the blowout would have been prevented,
the commission says.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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