Government Panel concludes that the Deepwater Horizon blowout was avoidable…anybody surprised?

This article was printed today in the NYTimes.

A panel put together by President Obama concluded that both the companies and the government officials who are charged to regulate and oversee these companies failed to take the necessary steps to safeguard the operation.

“Notwithstanding these inherent risks, the accident of April 20 was avoidable,” the panel wrote. “It resulted from clear mistakes made in the first instance by BP, Halliburton and Transocean, and by government officials who, relying too much on industry’s assertions of the safety of their operations, failed to create and apply a program of regulatory oversight that would have properly minimized the risk of deepwater drilling.”

Although I’m not surprised, it still makes me sad and angry.

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