NEW ORLEANS—A presidential commission's conclusion on the
largest offshore oil spill in history that decisions meant to save
time and money created an unreasonable amount of risk won't be the
final word on the disaster.
But it already has the companies involved with the blown-out
well and Deepwater Horizon rig pointing fingers at each other
In a 48-page excerpt of its final report obtained Wednesday by
The Associated Press, the commission described systemic problems
within the offshore oil and gas industry and government regulators
who oversee it. It also said such a disaster could happen again
without significant reforms.
The full report is due to the president Jan. 11. But key
questions will remain, namely: Why didn't a hulking piece of
equipment that sat at the wellhead and was supposed to choke off
the flow of oil in the event of a blowout do its job? Federal
investigators analyzing the blowout preventer at a NASA facility in
New Orleans aren't expected to finish until February.
The Justice Department continues its own investigation, as does