Panel Co-Chair: BP Wasn't Sole Cause Of Gulf Spill

Co-chair said well operator BP, rig owner Transocean, and cement contractor Halliburton all made questionable decisions that contributed to the blowout.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The co-chair of a presidential panel investigating the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history says the disaster cannot be blamed solely on BP.

William K. Reilly, the former head of the Environment Protection Administration under President George H.W. Bush, pointed to three companies: well operator BP PLC, rig owner Transocean Ltd., and cement contractor Halliburton Co. He says all three made questionable decisions that contributed to the blowout.

Reilly says the perception that the well blowout was the result of one company's choices does not stand. He says the panel has conclusively established that there are larger problems with offshore drilling safety.

Reilly's remarks Thursday came at the start of two days of deliberations, the last public forum for the panel before it issues its report in January.

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