Fed Panel Getting a 60-day Extension on Spill Report

Kimberly Reilly

Because there is more time required in testing some failed equipment to stop a well from pouring into the sea, with the use of forensic science, Miami’s federal panel (who are examining the Gulf of Mexico’s oil spill) is receiving sixty extra days to complete their report. By doing this, they are given a chance to find out what went wrong.

What really helped the fed panel was a key piece of evidence: a blowout preventer, which was taken to New Orleans in a NASA facility, after being hauled up from the ocean’s floor. This helped to determine the possibilities of BP’s well from dropping into the ocean. Unfortunately, it has still been undecided, whether or not the testing had started yet.

Having the investigation being extended from January 27 to March 27 as the deadline, the federal panel has a chance to estimate the cause of an explosion that killed eleven workers, along with a long, deadly oil spill. They will still have a hearing for the week of January 27 to come. With this, three members of the panel decided to share with the Associated Press breaking news that they would be distributing a public report, including what happened in the “Deepwater Horizon” disaster in Washington. This will take place November 8 and 9. This will immediately tell viewers how the federal panel will go about solving this massive mystery.

The former administrator of the federal panel and co-chair of the commission, William Reilly, informed the press that it is not the commission’s job to operate with carelessness, proceeding to the awful disaster. “It’s certainly going to be clear that if one or another aspect of the rig design or rig operation failed, and there was one company that was responsible for attending to that, then implicitly it will be clear that they are to blame.” (Harry R. Weber, an Associated Press Writer).

Reilly made it clear that they haven’t been operating any differently than other larger oil companies. After that he had confirmed, “Given BP’s history, the explosion in their refinery in Texas City just five years ago [in] 2005, the erosion of their pipelines, and their 500,000 gallon spill in Alaska in 2006, that there is reason to conclude that prima facie that probably this is a company that is challenged by safety. The industry itself believes that BP has problems that do not beset some of the other larger oil companies.”

Following this, an update of the status of testing of the blowout preventer was denied by a woman speaking for the joint investigation team. The team, itself, had no say on any final procedures, until October 15 for their approval. This gave the joint investigation time to solve everything and decide what to say in advanced. As declared, a federal judge permitted for the testing of the device, along with the forensic analysis wouldn’t be finished until February.