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Investigators criticise culture of complacency on Deepwater Horizon

The bipartisan commission was appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

WORKERS aboard the Transocean-owned Deepwater Horizon drilling rig were rushing to complete BP's Macondo well, which was about 45 days behind schedule and almost $60m over budget. But the bipartisan commission appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate disaster in the Gulf of Mexico found no evidence of a "conscious decision" to put cost considerations over safety. In the panel's preliminary findings, the commissioners did not rule out cost, co-chairman William K Reilly said, but they "weren't prepared to attribute mercenary motives to men who cannot speak for themselves because they are not alive". The BP-operated well exploded 20 April, killing 11 workers, injuring 17 others, sin

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