Gulf Disaster

BP Didn’t Put Profit Over Safety

The presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill said Monday that it found no evidence the companies involved put profit over safety when operating the rig in the Gulf of Mexico. "To date, we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety," said the commission’s chief counsel, Fred Bartlit. The commission will deliver its final report on January 11 of next year, but provided its “tentative views” on Monday. Last month, the commission said that BP and Halliburton, two of the main companies working on the Macondo well, knew that the cement was faulty but used it anyway, and the commission highlighted the cement as one of the key causes of the accident.