Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What caused the BP oil disaster in the Gulf?

Still wondering what caused the BP oil rig to explode on April 20, triggering a seabed rupture that continues to spew more than 200,000 gallons each day into the Gulf of Mexico?

A worker on the Deepwater Horizon who jumped into the sea to escape and an engineer hired by the Obama administration to investigate the disaster combine to paint a picture for 60 Minutes that points the finger of blame squarely at BP.

It looks like the disaster could have been prevented had warnings of equipment problems been heeded and had BP not overruled Transocean on a crucial decision.

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If that didn't make you sick, consider BP chief executive Tony Hayward's recent comment that "the overall environmental impact will be very, very modest."

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