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Should We Be Surprised? Commission Says Firms Knew of BP Well Flaws

Can’t say this is a shocker:

Fromhttp://www.nytimes.com?emc=na”> the New York Times:

Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill, Panel Says

Halliburton and BP knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the bottom of the well was unstable but still went ahead with the job, the presidential commission investigating the accident said on Thursday.

In the first official finding of responsibility for the blowout, which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in American history, the commission staff determined that Halliburton had conducted three laboratory tests that indicated that the cement mixture did not meet industry standards.

The result of at least one of those tests was given on March 8 to BP, which failed to act upon it, the panel’s lead investigator, Fred H. Bartlit Jr., said in a letter delivered to the commissioners on Thursday.

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Mission Accomplished?

Beware proclamations trumpeting the official “end” of somethings. Unless it’s the end of a book, it’s hard to imagine. From the New York Times

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Finding Religion in Government Regulation

NPR reports on a resolution passed by the Southern Baptist Convention that calls on the government and its congregation to prevent another BP oil disaster. The resolution tells Congress “to act determinatively and with undeterred resolve to end this crisis … to ensure full corporate accountability for damages, clean-up and restoration … and to ensure that government and private industry are not again caught without planning for such possibilities.”

I love this point made by Dr. Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who also preaches at Highview Baptist Church outside Louisville, Ky:

“There’s really nothing conservative — and certainly nothing evangelical — about a laissez-faire view of a lack of government regulation…That means if people are sinful, if all of us are sinful, then all of us have to have accountability — and that includes corporations.” Moore says. “Simply trusting corporations to go about their business without polluting the water streams and without destroying ecosystems is really a naive and utopian view of human nature. It’s not a Christian view of human nature.”

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