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BP Oil Spill Trial Enters Day 4

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A BP executive who led the company's internal probe of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says his investigators didn't explore whether top BP managers had a role in causing the disaster because they didn't have access to employees and records from contractors.

Mark Bly has served as BP's global head of safety. He testified Thursday at a federal trial for spill-related litigation. He said his team didn't have enough information to conduct a "systemic evaluation" of what caused the blowout of BP's Macondo well without cooperation from rig owner Transocean and other companies that worked on the project.

A report issued by Bly's team in September 2010 focused on mistakes that rig workers made before the blowout triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A BP executive who led the company's internal probe of its 2010 blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is expected back on the stand for another day of testimony.

Mark Bly was BP's executive vice president for safety and operational risk. His testimony is set to continue Thursday. Bly was BP's executive vice president for safety and operational risk until recently.

He said the internal investigation wasn't intended to look at the disaster through the "lens of responsibility."

Attorneys for the U.S. government have said the London-based company bears most of the blame for the spill and they accused BP of putting profits ahead of safety. BP says drilling in the Gulf is a team effort and its partners should share in the blame for the disaster.


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