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Contractors slam 'self-serving' BP spill report; Dudley takes charge

Halliburton and Transocean, the two contractors involved in BP's calamitous Macondo well – which was finally sealed on 19 September – reacted hard and fast after the major cited them for operational breaches contributing to the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) disaster

Transocean, from which BP was leasing the Deepwater Horizon rig, labelled BP's internal investigation, published on 8 September, "self-serving". It added that BP had concealed the "critical" error that caused the disaster: "BP's fatally flawed well design". Although BP has admitted errors of its own, the company has rejected claims that the well was poorly designed. A legal battle that will take years to resolve could hinge on that point. So will BP's eventual liabilities. Halliburton, which carried out the cement casing of the well, also suggests BP's design was faulty. Its work met BP's specifications, the company said in its response to BP's report. BP's investigators found eight errors,

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