Report: Preventable failures were 'immediate causes' of Deepwater disaster
Emergency responders attempt rescues after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010.
January 11th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Report: Preventable failures were 'immediate causes' of Deepwater disaster

Several "specific and preventable human and engineering failures were the immediate causes" of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, the presidentially appointed Oil Spill Commission said in its much-awaited report Tuesday .

The event "was almost the inevitable result of years of industry and government complacency and lack of attention to safety. This was indisputably the case with BP, Transocean, and Halliburton, as well as the government agency charged with regulating offshore drilling - the former Minerals Management Service," said commission co-chairman William K. Reilly.

"As drilling pushes into ever deeper and riskier waters where more of America's oil lies, only systemic reforms of both government and industry will prevent a similar, future disaster."

The report, "Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling," proposed "comprehensive" government and industry actions "to overhaul the U.S. approach to drilling safety and greatly reduce the chances of a similar, large scale disaster in the future."


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  1. 2100

    @offtopic – whats this i smell – another little IDIOT ! From your stupid little group of Idiots , and you call yourselves CHISTIANS / WELL THAN ACT LIKE CHRISTIANS !!!!!! You people are'nt CHRIST-LIKE in the mind -Who are you guys kidden ? YOU HYPOCRITS – you guys are fasle chistians /your own conduct testifies to this fact and condems you people . Open your eyes LOSERS ! ! ! !

    January 12, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. ThomasD

    You're kidding me. Right? After the garbage we watch you spew just for the thrill of seeing your words in print, you're going to start with the whole 'good Christian, bad Christian' slurs? Really?? WHAT have you been smoking?

    January 12, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    We are all idiots, albiet some more than others. But yeah, generally speaking we are dumb. We have brains with capacities so vast they can harldy be measures. Why, just to build a computer with the memory capacity of the human mind... it would need to be a foot tall and cover the surface of the earth. Alas, we live but a few decades, not near enough time to fully utilize our own brain. Makes me jealous of animals who get to use all of their brain before they pass. Oh well, it's the bright bulb that outshines the dim, even for just this board. he he. (and ThomasD would never say those things, nice try though)

    January 12, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Me? I'm not smart. Just older than many and more experienced than most. If I were truly smart, would I even be here at all? he offense madam.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. 2100

    Apperently some BETTER S**T than you've been smokin- cause my eyes are wide open to the times we're living in / while you idiots walk around with your blinders on (Eyes shut) Masquerading around claiming to be followers of Christ – and saying to yourselves " Just as christ does for/to others, so we also do unto our fellow-man " Look in the mirror bozos and get your head out of the sand !! Followers of christ ? WHO r u KIDDEN ? False christians ....

    January 12, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. ThomasD

    Uhh. .2100? I have never once, here or anywhere, claimed to be a Christian. WHERE are you getting this stuff?

    January 12, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. 2100

    @tommy-boy , so your not christian , so you're an atheist who does'nt believe in GOD /or you r a follower of the WORDLS many false religions / either way – when armeggedon comes upon us I guess you're gonna be really F***ED HUH ..

    January 12, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. 2100

    Its time to start thinking about your future (Pals) . Cause GOD IS REAL ! And hes coming real soon ! And hes not going to be happy when he arrives and there is no way to avert it – its BIBLE PROPHECY " You cant stop prophecy from GOD "!

    January 12, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. HookedonTruth

    People of Faith, can I ask you a question? When looking up the definition of GOD, it states "there are many Gods". If you don't know the name of the God that you are worshiping aren't you driving blind? It would be like me calling you Sir or Mam in a room full of people wouldn't it? I get a kick out of people in organized religion using the big "G" to describe the God they believe in. I'm not a bible thumper but I know that those who are christians worship Yaweh – the name of their God.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. 2100

    The divine name in english of the TRUE GOD IS JEHOVAH and CHRIST JESUS is his SON the first- born of all creation / and when christ Jesus and the heavenly armies ride forth into battle in the great day of GOD (JEHOVAH)the almighty Jesus comes to destroy his enemies in the name of his Father JEHOVAH /in the battle of Armeggedon / satan himself is the god of this system of things ,but JEHOVAH is the TRUE GOD and the most HIGH and thats the truth !!..

    January 12, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. HookedonTruth

    2100, I was afraid you would say that.
    Jehovah and the savior Jesus were names that were not pronounced or even in the alphabet during biblical times. I was right, you are driving blind. Good luck with your "prophecy theory".

    January 12, 2011 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
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