US commission to release final BP oil spill findings on Tuesday

10 January 2011 23:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--After an investigation of more than seven months, the US oil spill commission established by President Barack Obama will on Tuesday present its final findings about the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling is scheduled to release its final report at 10:00 hours Washington, DC time (15:00 GMT).

The presentation will be accompanied by a press conference in Washington, in which investigators will respond to media questions.

The commission, which was established on 22 May 2010, said the report would focus on both the findings on causes of the Gulf rig blowout as well as recommendations for the prevention of future disasters.

In an advance chapter released on 6 January, the commission blamed many “mistakes and oversights” at the well on “a failure of management” from BP, Halliburton and Transocean.

The Associated Press said on Monday that the final report would include recommendations for more stringent regulations from Congress on offshore drilling reforms, according to a source that was not authorised to speak publicly.

BP said in a statement last week that it had co-operated fully with the investigation, adding that it had instituted significant changes since the blowout designed to further strengthen safety and risk management.

The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on 20 April 2010 killed 11 workers. It caused a huge oil leak, which led to the largest spill in US Gulf history before it was plugged in August.

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By: Ben DuBose
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