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BP Executive Defends Report On Gulf Oil Spill

11:29 AM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The BP executive who led the company's probe of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion is defending the contents of his team's report on the disaster during the fourth day of testimony in a trial over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A lawyer for rig owner Transocean on Monday pressed BP executive Mark Bly to explain why the report doesn't mention a call from BP rig supervisor Donald Vidrine to an onshore engineer, Mark Hafle, just before the deadly blast.

BP investigators' notes show Hafle and Vidrine discussed the results of a crucial safety test that Vidrine allegedly misinterpreted. But BP's report says it found no evidence that the rig crew or BP well site leaders consulted anyone outside their team about the test results.

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