Gov’t Report: BP Oil Spill Result of Preventable Failures
A presidentially appointed commission investigating the causes of the BP oil spill has just released their findings. The government report asserts that several “preventable human and engineering failures were the immediate causes” of the accident which ravaged the Gulf Coast last spring.
More specifically, the report declared that the BP oil spill “was almost the inevitable result of years of industry and government complacency and lack of attention to safety.” Based on the findings of the presidential commission, the actions of BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and the government agency responsible for overseeing government drilling all contributed to the conditions which ultimately resulted in the worst maritime oil spill in U.S. history.
The commission called for tougher policies which would force oil companies to improve their safety efforts as well as a governmental regulatory office led by a scientist.
Thousands of people along the Gulf Coast are still picking up the pieces of their lives after the BP oil spill left massive ecological and property damage in the region. Many others working in the tourism and fishing industries have lost significant amounts of income as the oil spill has prevented them from earning a living.
There are currently a multitude of environmental litigation lawsuits against BP, Transocean, and Halliburton to recover damages suffered as a result of the BP oil spill. It is important to consult an experienced BP oil spill attorney to ensure your rights are protected if you have suffered damages stemming from the Deepwater Horizon fire and subsequent oil spill.