The chief investigator for the presidential panel investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill announced that the panel has found no proof that anyone at British Petroleum had sacrificed safety to save money. “To date we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” according to Fred Bartlit Jr. Rather, a series of mechanical and human failures created a chain of errors the ultimately led to the disaster, Bartlit summarized during a presentation before the panel.

This might come as a surprise after months of unremittingly harsh media coverage that has vilified BP and its executives (I think I read somewhere they drowned puppies during board meetings, just for kicks). You’d have to assume after the onslaught that someone, at some level in the company, completely disregarded human life and ecological threats to save a couple bucks.

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