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New Documents Suggest BP Cut Corners Days Before Explosion

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More revelations are coming out about BP's cost and safety decisions on the days leading up to the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The disclosures are from internal documents released by a House committee.

Investigators found that BP was badly behind schedule on the project and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each day. The company then cut corners in well design and the installation of key safety devices.

BP started drilling in October, but the rig was damaged by Hurricane Ida the following month. The company switched to a new rig, the Deepwater Horizon, and resumed drilling in February. The rig was 43 days late for its next drilling location when it exploded in April, killing 11 workers.


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