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BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward
A four-month investigation shows that poor decision-making and judgement led to the explosion

Up until this point, it's been common knowledge that an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon led to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. But now, BP has released a report that lists the causes which led to the explosion, the death of 11 people, and the worst oil leak in U.S. history

"The investigation report provides critical new information on the causes of this terrible accident," said Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive. "It is evident that a series of complex events, rather than a single mistake or failure, led to the tragedy. Multiple parties, including BP, Halliburton and Transocean, were involved."

Mark Bly, BP's Head of Safety and Operations, along with over 50 technical and other specialists that are both internal and external to BP, led a four-month investigation in order to compile information for the report and list the multiple causes associated with BP's oil spill.

According to the report, several factors led to the oil leak, such as cement and shoe track barriers failing to contain hydrocarbons within the reservoir, allowing liquids and gas to to flow up production casing. The Transocean crew did not act on the influx of hydrocarbons into the well until they were in the riser; well integrity had not yet been established, and BP and Transocean accepted the results of the negative pressure test incorrectly; the rig's fire and gas system failed to detect and prevent ignition when the flow of gas entered engine rooms through the ventilation systems; and the rig's blow-out preventer did not activate automatically to seal the well after the explosion disabled crew-operated controls. 

The report concluded that several different work teams and companies made poor decisions which led to "a complex and interlinked series of mechanical failures, human judgements, engineering design, operational implementation and team interfaces."

The report not only listed causes of the disaster, but also provided recommendations for the companies involved (specifically BP) to ensure that proper precautions are taken to prevent this type of event from ever occurring again. The recommendations aimed to improve well control, emergency systems, blow-out preventers, cement testing, personnel competance, pressure-testing for well integrity and rig audit and verification. 

"I believe this report will be of significant value in helping the overall understanding of how this tragedy occurred," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the Board. "It is if the utmost importance to the Board to ensure that BP learns from this and further enhances the safety of its operations for the future."

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By nvalhalla on 9/8/2010 7:08:16 PM , Rating: 2
The report not only listed causes of the disaster, but also provided recommendations...

Like "Do your job!"

This required the incompetence to a lot of people to happen.

RE: suggestions...
By zozzlhandler on 9/8/2010 8:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
Easy for you to say. While it would seem that lack of training and proper procedures were large factors in this occurrence, I doubt that anyone was not doing their job.

But its always easier to have a witch hunt, and burn a few as a warning to the others...

RE: suggestions...
By Smartless on 9/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: suggestions...
By Phoque on 9/8/2010 9:29:09 PM , Rating: 4
While I don't agree with how nvalhalla puts it, whatever the reasons, when you do not know how to fulfill your duties properly, you are incompetent for at least some of these duties.

That does not mean the workers are necessarily to be blamed, but some of them definitely suffered from incompetence in the circumstances.

RE: suggestions...
By bhieb on 9/9/2010 10:43:46 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. Just read all the failures. Sensor failures (gas, fire, cuttoffs) on the surface it sounds like no ones fault right (those damn computers again), but in reality why were they not tested and maintained properly?

IMO these findings concern me MORE than just an isolated screw up. One screw up can be almost understandable, but this was borderline gross negligence. The lack of regular maintenance and testing that had to happen for these separate system to ALL fail, points to serious problems with their maintenance procedures.

I guess I'm agreeing with the OP. Do your jobs! But not just one dude, all the way up the ladder to the executive approving the maintenance plans that should have been in place to insure these protection systems would work when called upon.

RE: suggestions...
By RaggedClaws on 9/9/2010 8:58:55 AM , Rating: 2
BP has a long history of fatal accidents resulting from cost-cutting, and carelessness.

RE: suggestions...
By Amiga500 on 9/9/10, Rating: 0
RE: suggestions...
By SSDMaster on 9/9/2010 11:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
This required the incompetence to a lot of people to happen.

You chose those words to express THAT thought...

By JonnyDough on 9/9/2010 2:28:48 AM , Rating: 2
The same thing happened on the Kalamazoo River here in Michigan. I drive over it every day. The oil company failed to do their job in maintaining the oil pipeline. My question is, who the hell is regulating this stuff?!!

By bodar on 9/9/2010 7:40:48 AM , Rating: 3
Oh, that would be the govt regulators they hired to replace the ones they found out were doing lines of blow off some energy company employee's booty.

So they're doing a bang-up job as well.

great report....
By KnickKnack on 9/8/2010 8:39:30 PM , Rating: 3
"We need a bigger bolt that is securely locked on the stable door so that the horse stays insid.... oooooohhhhhh"

So Basically...
By Goty on 9/8/2010 11:44:06 PM , Rating: 3
So what you're saying is that everything that could go wrong, did.

I told them that Murphy guy was a shady character....

wondering if they'll learn
By wellurm on 9/9/2010 12:28:14 AM , Rating: 2
Okay so they admit to some degree they failed, the process done by real live people and the process that were supposed to be done by machines that were supposed to do in the event the human was unable to do so.

That said it seems to me they didn't learn much from the explosion at Texas City Texas refinery or whatever the mess they made on the north end of Alaska that I've not look into but from what I've heard resulted in spilled oil.

Not to say the report is right or wrong in what they found that lead to the tragic events on the platform but the question is will they learn and/or change their procedures to reduce the error's made?

If you only knew
By RugMuch on 9/9/2010 10:57:05 AM , Rating: 2
I have a friend with several PE degrees, he was telling me that if people really knew how horrible the platforms are to the environment gas prices would triple. BP was one of the better companies too, up until recent events.

I can just imagine all those crystal gripping hippies cutting their hands from squeezing to tight if they only knew.

Sounds like NASA...
By The0ne on 9/9/2010 1:36:57 PM , Rating: 1
Sounds like what NASA is doing to me :) Get the lowest bidders for the contracts and at the same time get some of the shittiest products ever made. How do I know? I use to work for one making actuators for NASA and BOEING :) Quit cause they wanted me to sign off on the product so they can sell them hahahhahaha Wanted me to nitro freeze and blow torch the actuators to make them pass tests and thus be able to sell. No joke...decision agreed by the VP, GM, and managers :)

So what?
By YashBudini on 9/11/2010 1:01:40 PM , Rating: 1
The report concluded that several different work teams and companies made poor decisions

Sounds like the government. By all means let's deregulate them some more.

What's asshole Cheney have to say about all this? He never opens his mouth when he should and vice versa.

Oh I forgot, you can't drink and talk at at the same time, unless you're being water boarded.

By DigitalFreak on 9/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Bull!!#@
By gcor on 9/8/2010 9:44:07 PM , Rating: 5

BP are saying they and others made a large number of mistakes. How is that finger pointing?

They go on to specifically target areas where mistakes were made with actions BP will take to prevent making the same mistakes again. Again, how is that finger pointing?

Just wondering, did you read the article?

RE: Bull!!#@
By themusgrat on 9/8/2010 10:55:56 PM , Rating: 5
He obviously did not read the report. The report is actually a good one, and it does give alot of insight as to why this happened. You can think that BP is some evil bad guy making tons of money, but it's even in those peoples' best interests to not cause the biggest oil spill in US history. They want to make sure it never happens again, so they wanted to launch their own investigation.

I doubt any independant party would be able to analyze what went wrong to the extent that BP can, for the same reasons that it was best that BP be left to clean up their own mess. What happened, and what all they tried to stop the flow, had never happened before, so I find it questionable that some little cadre of random engineers would be able to tell BP more about themselves than an internal BP investigation.

But keep hating, it never gets old.

RE: Bull!!#@
By AssBall on 9/8/2010 11:03:30 PM , Rating: 3
There has been more "finger pointing" by the likes of clueless media fed tools like yourself than any legitimate parties who were actually involved in this accident. Settle down Sherlock.

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