BP seeks to dodge oil spill blame

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Tzeporah Berman.

“BP PLC’s long-awaited internal investigation into the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig found that the British oil giant bears some responsibility for the disaster but laid most of the blame on its contractors”, the September 8 Wall Street Journal said.

“The 200-plus-page report, released Wednesday, drew immediate fire from BP’s critics and from its partners in drilling the well, who have argued that BP had the final calls and should be held responsible for the billions of dollars in damage caused by the disaster, which killed 11 workers and set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history.”

Two companies contracted by BP, Haillburton and Tansocean, released statements hitting back at BP’s attempt to place most blame on their shoulders.

As the corporations involved in the disaster fight to avoid blame, the central issue of profit-driven ecological dangerous oil drilling.

A September 8 ENS article said Tzeporah Berman, head of Greenpeace International Energy Campaign, responded to BP’s “sorry attempt to spread the blame” by saying: “As oil companies pursue marginal profits in challenging environments these compromises and failures are inevitable.

“If we want to avoid future deep water oil disasters governments need to move the world beyond oil by investing in clean energy solutions.

“Greenpeace is calling for an immediate ban on all deep water drilling, which is the only sensible response to this disaster. The time has come to move beyond oil and invest in clean energy.”