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Drilling for Dollars – The Oil Spill Commission Sold Out

November 10, 2010

Fred Bartlit, the lead investigator for the Oil Spill Commission, said at a meeting on November 8, 2010, that he’s seen no evidence that the BP oil disaster was caused by sacrificing safety for cost. “To date we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” Bartlit said. “A lot has been said about this, but we have not found a situation where we can say a man had a choice between safety and dollars and put his money on dollars. If anybody has anything else to say about that, we’re happy to hear it.”

Naturally I have something else to say and Fred’s not going to be happy to hear it. When President Obama announced that he was appointing this commission to determine what caused the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, I said: “Why waste the money? All he needs to do is watch the 60 Minutes interview with Mike Williams, TransOcean’s chief electronics technician who barely survived the explosion.”

Mr. Williams was present at meetings where BP and TransOcean executives made the very conscious decisions to favor dollars over safety that Fred Bartlit and his lame-ass commission can’t seem to find evidence of. Something smells awfully fishy about this commission. Mike Williams tells how it all went down prior to the explosion, who was ultimately responsible for the catastrophic events, and how amazing it is that he survived. This is one of the most gripping and informative interviews I’ve ever seen. This first ten minutes of the interview shows what decisions led up to the explosion:

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