A key US government report spreads the blame for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, citing a bad cement job, poor management by BP and its subcontractors and risky shortcuts.
The findings by the agency that regulates offshore drilling are largely in line with other investigations into the 2010 disaster, but offer the most detailed analysis to date.
The report that came out on Wednesday is expected to influence a criminal investigation being conducted by the US Justice Department and impact fines imposed upon the British energy giant. Regulators said they planned to issue seven new citations based upon the report's conclusions.
While the report cited numerous failures by Halliburton and Transocean, it noted that BP was "ultimately responsible" for operations and concluded that "BP's failure to have full supervision and accountability over the activities associated with the Deepwater Horizon was a contributing cause."
It also cited "BP's cost- or time-saving decisions without considering contingencies and mitigation as "contributing causes."
BP has spent $40.7 billion on the biggest maritime oil spill in history and could still be liable for billions in fines, compensation and restoration costs.