WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The following are highlights from the White House oil spill commission’s latest hearing on the causes of the BP offshore drilling disaster.
“We think they introduced a certain amount of risk into the situation that may not have been necessary,” said Sean Grimsley, the panel’s deputy chief counsel.
The White House oil spill panel agrees with about 90 percent of the results of BP’s internal investigation of the causes of its drilling accident in the Gulf of Mexico, the panel’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit, said.
The White House panel’s investigation of the BP drilling accident uncovered no instances in which workers sacrificed safety out of monetary concerns, Bartlit said.
REPRESENTATIVE EDWARD MARKEY ON BP’S BUSINESS PRACTICES
“When the culture of a company favors risk-taking and cutting corners above other concerns, systemic failures like this oil spill disaster result without direct decisions being made or trade-offs being considered.”
“What is fully evident, from BP’s pipeline spill in Alaska and the Texas city refinery disaster, to the Deepwater Horizon well failure, is that BP has a long and sordid history of cutting costs and pushing the limits in search of higher profits.”