LA Treasurer says "chuckleheads" to blame for Gulf spill

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Posted: Aug 25, 2010 1:27 PM by Jim Snyder and Margaret Brennan
Updated: Aug 25, 2010 1:27 PM
Source: Bloomberg

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Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy told Bloomberg Television today that human error was what caused the explosion and oil spill at the Deepwater Horizon, even calling people on the rig "chuckleheads”.

Kennedy, a Republican, has urged the Obama administration to lift its moratorium on deep-water drilling after the explosion and spill, the largest in U. S. history, saying this incident shouldn’t stop other Gulf exploration.

“The main reason for this catastrophe was not that we didn’t have enough rules, it was that we didn’t follow the rules that we had,” Kennedy said during an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “InBusiness” program. “Some of the people making decisions on the Macondo well were acting like chuckleheads, and that was the problem. It was human error, it wasn’t a systemic failure.”

Kennedy said any company responsible for causing the spill should compensate Louisiana for the damage. He said the state would pursue lawsuits if parties failed to pay.

The administration halted drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet after the April 20 explosion. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Michael Bromwich, head of the bureau that oversees offshore drilling, have said the ban can be lifted before the Nov. 30 expiration if the industry shows it has improved safety and developed means to contain another spill.

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