BP exec back on the stand in oil spill trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 11:33 AM

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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