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Poor BP Practices Blamed for Explosion

A federal report into the Gulf of Mexico explosion last year blames a combination of shoddy safety practices by BP, a poor cementing job as well as bad decisions taken by BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the tragedy.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement report places most of the blame for the explosion on BP. The report mentions the responsibility shared by Transocean and Halliburton.

The report sheds new light on some of the main causes of the tragedy that killed 11 workers. One of the key points in the report is the failure of the cementing seal that caused the explosion. Apparently crew members failed to take action after noticing a kickback of gas in the weeks before the tragedy.  Additionally, the report notes that BP was behind deadlines in preparing the well for production, and was millions of dollars over budget placing additional pressure on the company to boost efficiency. Crew members were confused about responsibility for key decisions.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is likely to use the findings of the report to implement stronger offshore safety regulations, especially those requiring stronger blowout preventers.

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