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APNewsBreak: BP made 'critical' mistakes on Gulf well, failed to speak up when realized error
Interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press show a BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But the oil giant failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for at least a year.
Engineering experts differ on the extent to which the two-foot-wide swath of gas-bearing sands helped cause the disaster, but the finding raises the specter of further legal and financial troubles for BP. It also could raise the stakes in the multibillion-dollar court battle between the companies involved.
A key federal report into what caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history is set to be released as early as Wednesday.
Weber reported from Atlanta. Follow him at http://www.facebook.com/HarryRWeber
Cappiello reported from Washington. Follow her at http://twitter.com/dinacappiello