BP today released its long-awaited report detailing the findings of its internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill disaster. The report is more than two hundred pages long, and has already been criticized by BP’s corporate partners, Halliburton and Transocean. Halliburton assisted with the construction of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in designing cement that eventually failed. Transocean owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig, leasing it to BP during its operations. The BP Gulf Oil Spill report highlights eight specific failures that led to the disaster that has made BP the target of many BP Gulf Oil Spill lawsuits. Halliburton and Transocean are unhappy with the report’s analysis because BP admits only partial responsibility for just one of these eight failures, laying significant blame on these two partners. Transocean has labeled the report “self-serving,” saying that BP’s Gulf Oil Spill report ignores evidence that BP’s efforts to save money resulted in cutting corners in ways that severely increased the risk of a serious maritime disaster. In fact, BP did instruct its lead investigator, executive Mark Bly, to focus only on the immediate causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf Oil Spill and not to investigate how BP’s corporate culture or cost-cutting measures may have contributed. Some legal analysts believe that BP’s report on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill investigation is actually a preliminary step by BP in an upcoming legal effort to avoid paying its full share in compensation for Gulf Oil Spill victims and in paying for cleanup of the spill. By focusing on immediate causes, BP was able to deflect responsibility onto its corporate partners, who were more involved directly in the construction and operation of the well. Perhaps, legal analysts suggest, BP is hoping that this report will draw the attention of Gulf Oil Spill lawsuit attorneys onto Halliburton and Transocean and away from itself. If you or your livelihood has been affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill in Mobile, Alabama or the Gulf Coast region, please contact the Gulf Oil Spill lawyers of Long & Long today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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