A federal panel investigating the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill will not finish its final report by the first anniversary of the disaster as it had hoped.
Delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop the spill forced the panel — a joint effort by the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement — to seek another deadline extension.
The final report was due in March. Instead, the investigation team said on Friday that the panel now has until July. It will make a preliminary statement by mid-April.
Everyone knows what the report should say - - a greedy and irresponsible oil company cut corners to increase profits, and incompetent federal officials, administrators and regulators let them get away with it, because the president is the all time top recipient of BP campaign donations.
Of course, expect a white wash.