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Coast Guard Report Mostly Blames BP for Gulf Oil Spill

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The final report of the largest government probe into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lays the majority of blame on BP, holding it responsible for 21 of the 35 contributing causes.

The Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released the second volume of its final report Wednesday, saying BP shared responsibility for eight other contributing causes.

Investigators said BP focused too much on controlling costs and speeding up operations. BP also made decisions complicating cementing operations, which the report said were the central cause of the disaster.

BP failed to communicate its decisions with Transocean, the contractor that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

“As a result, BP and Transocean personnel onboard the Deepwater Horizon … did not fully identify and evaluate the risks inherent in the operations that were being conducted at Macondo,” the report said.

The report also faulted decision making by Transocean and Halliburton in the lead-up to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon.

Transocean misinterpreted a critical test of cement barriers surround the well, where the explosion took place. Investigators said this resulted in Transocean missing an opportunity to address the cement problems.

Halliburton was responsible for cementing the well where the explosion took place.

Click here to read the full report.

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