| The National Commission on the
BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released yesterday
a first chapter on BP well blowout investigation in advance of the full
Amongst the key findings:
"A Failure of Management"
"Cumulative Risk Large and Avoidable"
"What we... know is considerable and significant:
(1) each of the mistakes made on the rig and onshore by industry and government increased the risk of a well blowout;
(2) the cumulative risk that resulted from these decisions and actions was both unreasonably large and avoidable; and;
(3) the risk of a catastrophic blowout was ultimately realized on April 20 and several of the mistakes were contributing causes of the blowout."