BP oil spill report: Addressing the US government

BP’s presentation of the results of its internal inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon disaster is being delivered in Washington, in recognition of the fact that the most important audience it is addressing is in the US government and Congress.

The general message of the report is that mistakes were made by BP, but also by Transocean and Halliburton, the two key contractors on the project. Without failures by all of those companies, the accident would not have happened.

Mark Bly, BP’s head of safety and operations, opens proceedings with an attempt to offset what is going to be a dry and forensic depiction of his team’s assessment of the evidence.

“When we talk, we will sound clinical,” he says, “but we feel very emotional” about the disaster, which killed 11 men and caused the world’s largest accidental offshore oil spill.

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