Bp Probe Of Oil Spill To Be Released

09.08.10 | FL News Team

(Houston, TX)  --  BP says it and at least two other companies are at fault for a fatal drilling disaster that triggered the largest oil spill in U.S. history.  BP's internal investigation of the April 20th Deepwater Horizon rig disaster cited at least eight errors of judgment and equipment failures, allowing natural gas to erupt from the subsea Macondo well 40 miles off the Louisiana coast.  Eleven workers were killed in the explosion which led to the oil spill.  

In its report released this morning, BP faulted its own engineers for a fatal drilling disaster, but and said rig owner Transocean Ltd. and contractor Halliburton Co. also must shoulder some of the blame.  Transocean employees drilled the 140-million-dollar well under BP supervision, while Halliburton was paid to line the hole with cement.

One finding of the report posted online on the British petroleum giant's website was that BP managers aboard the rig misinterpreted a test of the well's stability on April 20th and began replacing drilling fluid, which is heavier than oil and natural gas, with seawater.