New Report: BP Spill Caused By Huge Errors, Lack of Oversight

It's not exactly earth-shattering for those who watched the disaster unfold, but it's still damning. 

A new report from a 15-member committee of the National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering pinpoints many of the errors that led to the catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico which claimed 11 lives and still is wreaking havoc on the local environment.

The report identified "lack of a systematic approach to well safety, numerous flawed decisions, plus technical and operational breakdowns" as major factors leading to the huge explosion and subsequent spill.

And as factor after factor went into place to cause this disaster, the corporation did little to check the potential for doom.

"...these flawed decisions were not identified or corrected by BP and its service contractors, or by the oversight process employed by the U.S. Minerals Management Service and other regulatory agencies," said Donald Winter, the former secretary of the Navy and current professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, who chaired the committee.

Read a full report at Environment News Service. 

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 18, 2010, 6:10am

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