January 6, 2011 | Mark Paradies

National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill & Offshore Drilling Releases Portions of Their Report

See the commission’s web site:


to download the portions of the report that have been released. They include:

Press Release

Chapter 4

Which includes a good summary of the causal Factors (Immediate Causes pages 115-122).

And a Matrix of Decisions to Save Time in completing the well.

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The commission’s press release quoted CoChair William K. Reilly:

Commission Co-Chair William K. Reilly said of the Commission’s findings, ‘My observation of the oil industry indicates that there are several companies with exemplary safety and environment records. So a key question posed from the outset by this tragedy is, do we have a single company, BP, that blundered with fatal consequences, or a more pervasive problem of a complacent industry? Given the documented failings of both Transocean and Halliburton, both of which serve the off shore industry in virtually every ocean, I reluctantly conclude we have a system-wide problem.’

Several news organizations commented on quote that implied that the accident could have happened to any company drilling for oil in deep water. Here’s a few of them:




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