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BP was facing fresh criticism over its approach to safety on Saturday night after critics said it did not use an industry standard process to asses risk ahead of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
However, BP admitted to The Sunday Telegraph that it does not use safety cases on any of its US wells, including the high-pressure deep water Macondo well from which up to 60,000 barrels of oil per day are still leaking in the Gulf of Mexico.
It does seem that since a safety case was developed after a rig exploded, it would be the policy to use them at all times in order to prevent another incident, but I guess BP saw it differently. Although from the looks of it, they will wind up paying out a lot more for the claims than they ever would have if they had just followed safety procedures.
The US Government wants to make the safety case process a legal requirement for floating offshore drilling – one of five recommendations to change processes in the Gulf.