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Oil giant BP has admitted that its report on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill incident released yesterday (see previous post) was reviewed by BP lawyers prior to its publication. While BP’s spokesman refused to explain the nature of the lawyers’ review and input, BP maintains that its investigation of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster and the ensuing report was done independently and without influence from BP’s upper management. Legal analysts worry that this legal review was intended to limit BP’s exposure to Gulf Oil Spill liability lawsuits. The main thrust of the report released yesterday was that the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill was not the result of a single cause, but of eight distinct failures that all contributed to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent Gulf Oil Spill. Of the eight failures listed in the report, BP blames corporate partners Halliburton and Transocean for all but one. BP has admitted partial responsibility for its workers misinterpreting an important “negative pressure” reading, which led them to wrongly assume that the Macondo well was sealed correctly against upward-flowing oil and natural gas. However, the report states that this error was made by rig workers who did not contact higher-ups at BP’s Houston office. Halliburton and Transocean have criticized BP’s Gulf Oil Spill investigation report, saying that in unfairly blames their employees while sidestepping the issue of BP’s corporate culture. Both companies have suggested that widespread cost-cutting measures by BP led to increased risk, resulting in this unfortunate deadly maritime accident. This news that BP’s lawyers reviewed the Gulf Oil Spill investigation report before it was published lends credibility to legal analysts’ suggestions that the true intention of the report is to protect BP from Gulf Oil Spill liability lawsuits. By assigning blame to Halliburton and Transocean employees for the failures that led directly to the Deepwater Horizon incident, legal analysts suggest, BP can evade the charge of “gross negligence.” In other words, BP is attempting to minimize the amount it pays in compensation for BP Gulf Oil Spill victims and corporate partners. If you have been injured or affected financially by the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, please contact the Gulf Oil Spill compensation attorneys of Long & Long today to set up a complimentary case evaluation and consultation.

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