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US gov't prepares to release BP oil spill report

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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 2:06 AM
Updated: Sep 14, 2011 2:06 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: BP, oil, Gulf of Mexico

A key federal report into what caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history is being readied for release as early as Wednesday amid revelations BP made critical mistakes on the well and failed to tell partners and the government when it realized it.

An investigation team held hearings over the course of a year following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Other investigations have faulted misreadings of data, the failure of the blowout preventer to stop the flow of oil and other shortcomings by executives, engineers and rig crew members.

Meanwhile, interviews and documents show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico spill, but BP failed to divulge that to government investigators for as long as a year.

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