NRC: Gulf Spill Resulted From 'Insufficient Consideration of Risk'

Dick writes about Earth and planetary science for Science magazine.

In an interim report on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released this morning, a committee of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council finds that “numerous decisions to proceed toward abandonment [of the well] despite indications of hazard … suggest an insufficient consideration of risk and a lack of operating discipline.” The committee also questioned “the adequacy of operating knowledge on the part of key personnel.”

A press conference on the report, which was released early after an embargo break, will be held at 1 p.m. EDT. The full report is not expected until June.

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