Great Moments In Whitewash

November 9th, 2010at 07:26am Posted by Eli

Amazing.

The lead investigator for the presidential panel delving into the BP oil spill said on Monday that he had found no evidence that anyone involved in drilling the doomed well had taken safety shortcuts to save money.

Fred H. Bartlit Jr., a prominent trial lawyer hired to lead the panel’s inquiry, disputed the findings of other investigators, including plaintiffs’ lawyers and members of Congress, who have charged that BP and its main partners, Transocean and Halliburton, had cut corners to speed completion of the well, which cost $1.5 million a day to drill.

“To date we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” Mr. Bartlit said on Monday as he opened a detailed presentation on the causes of the April 20 disaster on a drilling rig off the Louisiana coast, which killed 11 workers and led to the biggest offshore oil spill in American history. “They want to be efficient, they don’t want to waste money, but they also don’t want to get their buddies killed.”

Really? None at all?

The only charitable conclusion I can draw is that when Bartlit says stuff like “we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” he means that favoring dollars over safety is institutional corporate policy.  That I could buy.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Energy,Environment,Obama,Wankers


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