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:
Image Credit: Gulf Oil Spill Commission