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  Report: BP made critical mistakes in oil spill

    Wednesday 14 September 2011

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 7:00am CDT

A key federal report examining the cause of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history is being prepared for release as early as today amid revelations that BP made critical mistakes on the well and failed to tell its partners and the U.S. government when it realized the error.

According to the Associated Press, interviews and documents obtained by the news agency show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for as long as a year.

Other investigations have faulted the misreading of key data, the failure of the blowout preventer to stop the flow of oil to the sea, and other shortcomings by executives, engineers and rig crew members.

See online : Birmingham Business Journal