Congress Establishes Oil Spill Blame

Congress Establishes Oil Spill Blame

Wednesday’s Congressional hearing clearly established blame for the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast oil spill:

BP blamed drilling contractor Transocean for its modification of the blow out preventer (BOP) valve manufactured by Cameron International. Transocean blamed BP for submitting bum specs for modification of Cameron’s BOP valve and also a bad cementing job by another contractor, Halliburton. Valve maker Cameron blamed fittings on either side of the BOP, shifting blame to the other three companies. Halliburton claimed it completed work according  to BP plans.

There. We’re glad that’s all cleared up.


“Failed pressure tests, hydraulic leak preceded rig blast,” Jennifer A. Dlouthy, Houston Chronicle.

 “Gulf Drillers Proceeded Despite Awareness of Problems, Says Rep. Waxman,” New York Times.



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