We don’t see … two or three people sitting there at a table … giving up safety for cost … Workers on the rigs and on shore want to be efficient and they don’t want to waste money, but they don’t want their buddies to get killed either. I don’t believe people sit there and say, “This is really dangerous, but the guys in London will make more money, so let’s go ahead.” It’s more complicated than that.
Fred Bartlitt, lead counsel, briefing of National Commission of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, November 9, 2010
Did anyone investigating the 2010 BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico really expect to find a smoking-gun document proving that senior leaders intentionally traded off safety for profit? ...