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September 8, 2010
9:36 AM

CONTACT: Center for Biological Diversity

Kieran Suckling, (520) 275-5960

Center for Biological Diversity Statement on BP’s Internal Report on Deepwater Horizon Disaster

TUCSON, Ariz. - September 8 - Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, issued the following statement today in response to BP's just released report on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill:

"BP's internal investigation doesn't pass the smell test. Rather than accept the blame and financial consequences for its disaster, BP is continuing to point fingers at everyone it can. This report is more concerned with calming BP's shareholders than taking responsibility for its actions."

"BP is well aware that hundreds of lawsuits and tens of billions of dollars in fines rest on determining who is to blame and whether they were criminally negligent. This report bends over backwards to spread the blame around, conceal BP's financial interest in cutting corners, and avoid any hint of criminal liability."

"With operational costs running to a million dollars a day, BP had an overriding interest in cutting corners and completing the well as cheaply as possible. Its own engineers warned that is well design was dangerous and the company was so concerned about loss of hydraulic fluid in its problematic blowout preventer that it did not fully pressure test it in the days before the explosion."

"This accident can not be reduced to technical and human errors, it was caused by a deep flaw in America's oil drilling system which allowed BP to lease and drill for oil with no environmental review, no safety measures to protected imperiled wildlife, no meaningful spill cleanup plan, no backup blowout preventers, and a complete absence of government regulators from key decision moments such as cementing and pressure testing the well."

"We look forward to objective investigation by the Department's of Interior and Justice to find what really happened and who is to blame."

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.


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