Report Finds BP Ultimately Responsible For Gulf Oil Spill


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT) recently released its final report on the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill.

The report (pdf) concluded that it was BP’s continued violation of federal regulations, refusal to heed crucial warnings and an inattention to safety measures that was ultimately responsible for the explosion that killed 11 rig workers and allowed some 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

Although Transocean, Haliburton and other companies were also named as responsible parties in the report, the panel concluded that as the designated operator of the Macondo well, “BP was ultimately responsible.”

BP, as the designated operator under BOEMRE regulations, was ultimately responsible for conducting operations at Macondo in a way that ensured the safety and protection of personnel, equipment, natural resources,and the environment. Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, was responsible for conducting safe operations and for protecting personnel onboard.  Halliburton, as a contractor to BP, was responsible for conducting the cement job,and, through its subsidiary (Sperry Sun), had certain responsibilities for monitoring the well.  Cameron was responsible for the design of the DeepwaterHorizon blowout preventer (“BOP”) stack.

The Panel found evidence that Transocean’s configuration of the Deepwater Horizon general alarm system and the actions of rig crew members on the bridge of the rig contributed to a delay in notifying the entire crew of the presence of very high gas levels on the rig — a decision that caused death and injury to those on board.

“It is only a question of time before BP — along with Transocean and Halliburton — will face criminal charges for their roles in the Gulf oil spill,” David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan law professor who formerly led the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section told the AP.

Although the Presidential Report on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill also found BP to be at fault, the BOEMRE/JIT report is far more damning, and multiple news outlets report it could force BP to pay up to $30 billion in settlements.


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Debbie Tate
Debra Tate4 years ago

As well they should pay up! The residents did not cause this disaster! But we paid the price in our economy! Businesses closed due to tourism being drastically down in a bad economy to begin with.! I live on the Gulf and we are still having "tar balls" wash up on our beaches! The chemicals they used in the water to soak up the oil harmed our coral reefs and other wildlife and caused deformities in other wildlife! Pay up and get out!! Stay out of our waters, our artic and our plain states! 13 oil spills on a pipeline for Sand Tar oil pipeline and the pipeline isn't even finished yet!!! NO! NO! NO to big oil!!

Carole R.
Carole R6 years ago

Is anyone really surprised at these findings?

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago


Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak6 years ago

We can not let Halliburton off the hook or any other participant that was negligent.

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

Now what do they intend doing in the future to protect the environment?

Julianna D.
Juliana D6 years ago

all I can do is avoid gas stations with the B.P. (bullshit pump) logo on them.

Valerie Valentine

I heard that the spill was pre-planned, and that people who had shares in the company they sold all their stocks before it happened.I do not remember exactly why they caused the spill but believe me there is a logical reason they did it.

Donna T.
Donna Thompson6 years ago

well well it will surprise me if something is done to hold them acountable its been long enough to let us know whos responsible when we already had that figured out

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B6 years ago

Yes, BP was the major culprit because of its lack of preparedness an apparent unconcern, but isn't it weird that the other two companies which is our book are just as guilty are the solely American businesses? Why is there no outcry about the damage Shell is doing in Nigeria. It is all so phony.

Donna B.
Donna B6 years ago

Well... It took a report to tell us that?!?! We ALL knew that BP was to blame. Let's see if anything really does happen to them. Besides making more money!! Shame on BP!!!