Deepwater Horizon final report released

Today, almost 17 months after the Macondo well blowout, the final report on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill was released.

The report concluded that BP, Transocean and Halliburton’s actions in connection with the disaster violated federal offshore safety regulations.

The investigative report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT) examined the various causal factors surrounding the explosion, fire, sinking and loss of 11 crew members onboard the mobile offshore drilling unit, the Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico between April 20-22, 2010.

The report is comprised of Volume I, which was released on April 22, 2011, and covered the areas of investigation under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard, and Volume II, which covered areas under BOEMRE’s jurisdiction. The report also includes a supplement to Volume I, the Final Action Memo from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp.

The JIT was formed a week after the April 20, 2010, disaster to investigate the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, loss of life, and resulting oil spill, and to make recommendations for safe operations of future oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The JIT held seven public hearings, received testimony from over 80 witnesses and experts, and reviewed a large number of documents and exhibits pertaining to the investigation.

Volume I includes findings on five aspects of the disaster under Coast Guard jurisdiction. This includes the explosions on the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, the resulting fire, evacuations, the flooding and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, and the drilling unit’s safety systems and those of its owner, Transocean.

Volume II includes findings on the causes of the Macondo blowout and the resulting explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon. In Volume II, the JIT details evidence developed during the investigation and concludes that BP, Transocean and Halliburton’s conduct in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster violated a number of federal offshore safety regulations under BOEMRE’s jurisdiction.

Volume II also includes recommendations for the continued improvement of the safety of offshore operations. You can download all the chapters of the final report from the official BOEMRE press release.

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