Gulf Spill Committee Meeting Dec. 2-3

At the meeting in Washington, D.C., the presidentially appointed members will continue discussing the causes of the April 2010 spill and how to prevent such incidents in the future.

The seven-member National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling will meet again Dec. 2-3 in Washington, D.C., to continue examining the causes of the April 2010 spill and how to prevent such incidents in the future. This is an open meeting of the presidentially appointed panel, which already has issued criticized the involved companies' preparedness for emergencies.

Co-chairman and former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham said Nov. 9 that a deficient safety culture was one factor. "There were a series of actions which are difficult to explain in this environment," he said in an opening statement that day. "To just select one, the fact that there were three different temporary abandonment plans adopted in the week before the final execution of the plan is illustrative of the fact that the lack of consistent planning for safety. The problem here is that there was a culture that did not promote safety and that culture failed. Leaders did not take serious risks seriously enough and did not identify a risk that proved to be fatal."

The Dec. 2-3 meeting is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can watch it live on the commission's website, www.OilSpillCommission.gov.

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