Investigators: BP Didn't Cut Corners After All

No one consciously chose money over safety, Bartlit says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Investigators: BP Didn't Cut Corners After All
Fred Bartlit Jr., chief investigator of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, talks about the blowout preventer, Nov. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The presidential panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has come to a startling conclusion: BP didn’t cut corners on safety to save money. “We have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” Fred Bartlit, the trial lawyer in charge of the investigation, said today. “If anybody has anything else to say about that, we’re happy to hear it.” Needless to say, the report kind of contradicts a few other findings. Just a few though. But not a single instance, the man said.

Bartlit gave a presentation that “resembled a prosecutor’s opening argument,” according to the New York Times, except that Bartlit stressed that he wasn’t accusing anyone. “We are not assigning blame,” he said. “It’s a hard thing to do. Our effort is to look at cause, not liability.” The chief causes cited included problems with the well’s cement casing and BP’s well design, though Bartlit stressed that the well was so complicated that no one factor could take all the blame. (More Deepwater Horizon stories.)

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