U.S. Coast Guard Blasts Transocean for Serious Safety Violations in Gulf Spill

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The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a scathing report blasting Transocean for, among other things, “serious safety management system failures” and a “poor safety culture.” The report, which is the end result of a joint accident investigation by the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, also found that certain RIG personnel decisions, including the failure to properly notify crew members about the burgeoning emergency, exacerbated the situation.

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Last week we saw BP, p.l.c. unleash a blockbuster lawsuit in federal district court in New Orleans, seeking an estimated $80 billion in damages against Transocean Ltd., the owner and operator of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig, Cameron International Corporation, the manufacturer of the failed blowout preventer, and Halliburton, the contractor that injected the concrete plug that failed to hold back the blowout. The suit alleges gross negligence on the part of Transocean and Cameron, and fraud and concealment by Halliburton. This suit made abundantly clear that BP has no intention of solely bearing the estimated $40 billion cost of what many now refer to as the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

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