BP releases a 193 page investigative report into the Gulf oilrig mishap

September 9th, 2010 - 12:50 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Sep 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Transocean Ltd has blamed the design of BP’s blow-up well for the April 20 rig accident that claimed the lives of 11 BP workers and led to the biggest oil spill in the history of the United States.

The blowup, which also resulted in the spillage of more than 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, was chronicled in a 193 report BP released on Wednesday.

The report blamed most factors for the blowup but defended the design of the well. According to the report, which was compiled by BP’s head of Safety, Mark Bly, factors like its workers, mechanical failures, engineering flaws and operational implementation caused the accident. The report followed a month long investigation by BP into the cause of the rig blast.

But Transocean Ltd, the owners of the rig that blew up says that there was only cause of the rig explosion; the well design. According to Transocean Ltd, BP tried to cut cost on the design of the well and compromised on several safety measures leading to the rig accident.

Several people and organizations have sued BP after the accident and the company reported that it spent more than $4 billion in cleaning the crude that spilled into the Gulf alone.

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