As I have talked about for several years now, bad cement job does not equal blowout.  I have never believed that responsibility, and ultimate liability, fell on Halliburton.  BP is the operator of record.  It is their responsibility.  The conduct of Transocean certainly contributed, but ultimate responsibility falls to BP.

BP Witness Testimony May Save Halliburton Billions | gCaptain – Maritime & Offshore News.

We may know later today what criminal penalties the US government will impose on BP for its tragic blowout and subsequent oil spill that polluted the Gulf Of Mexico in 2010. FuelFix, the energy blog for the Houston Chronicle, and Reuters are reporting that settlement has been reached, and the fine could be the largest in US history rising into the billions. Anonymous sources are also reporting the 2 BP employees may also face manslaughter charges in connection with the deaths that occurred on the rig on April 20, 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Kate Shepherd reports on emails released under FOIA that confirms what we feared during the BP Macondo well blowout:  in an effort to get the blowout off the television, the government downplayed the environmental damage.  in her report in Mother Jones yesterday, Kate reports on the emails.

Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP Spill Size | Mother Jones.

Today, The Joint Investigation Team (“JIT”), made up of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE”) (formerly “MMS”) and the United States Coast Guard issued its final report on it’s investigation of BP’s Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.  The report came in 2 volumes, the first issued last April, and the second including causes and conclusions, issued today.  The very detailed report listed a number of contributing factors to the causes of the accident Read the rest of this entry