Thursday, January 6, 2011

Slick Moves

This is not a real surprise:

The Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable accident caused by a series of failures and blunders by the companies involved in drilling the well and the government regulators assigned to police them, the presidential panel named to study the accident has concluded.

The companies — BP, Transocean and Halliburton, and several subcontractors working for them — took a series of hazardous and time-saving steps without adequate consideration of the risks involved, the commission reports in a chapter of its final findings, released on Wednesday in advance of the full report, to be published early next week.

And it could happen again, according to the report. “Rather, the root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur.”

With Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the man who apologized to BP for the government cracking down on them now in charge of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I’m sure there will be a lot of work done to make sure that nothing gets done to prevent another spill.