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Oil Spill Commission Calls BP Disaster “Forseeable and Preventable” (Video)

Oil Spill Commission Calls BP Disaster “Forseeable and Preventable” (Video)

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released its final report on January 11th, and warned that without major regulatory reforms, a disaster of this magnitude could occur again.

While sections of the report identify the petroleum industry’s problems as “systemic” and call for the industry’s “internal reinvention” it fails to place the entire responsibility of the oil spill on the shoulders of BP or the other companies involved in the creation and operation of the Deepwater Horizon.

Instead, the report takes direct aim at the American Petroleum Institute (API), which the commission notes has developed technical standards and practices that have been woven into federal regulations (The Hill).

“Based on this Commission’s multiple meetings and discussions with leading members of the oil and gas industry, however, it is clear that API’s ability to serve as a reliable standard-setter for drilling safety is compromised by its role as the industry’s principal lobbyist and public policy advocate,” the 300-plus page report states.

Watch clips from the Commission’s recent press conference and hear commentary from The Real News in the clip below:

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Image Credit: Gulf Oil Spill Commission

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8:27PM PST on Jan 23, 2011

Thanks for the article and video.

2:27PM PST on Jan 19, 2011

thanks for posting.

11:36AM PST on Jan 18, 2011

Thanks for the article

9:21AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

very interesting

5:57AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Not surprising at all. Power-hungry companies such as BP think they are completely invincible. It's sad that a catastrophe on such a large scale should be the thing to put them back in their right place.
To think that such a devastating catastrophe could have been prevented with the right action! Greed is the root of all evil: not money. Man is truly insatiate.

4:24AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:23AM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:39PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

yes they should definitely face stricter regulations

8:00PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Geez we need a commission for this.. I could have told you, pay me.

6:53PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Anyone who finds the findings of this report surprising as been living with their heads stuck in the mud... and probably breathing in oil fumes from the BP spillage in that mud!

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