Fred Bartlit and Sean Grimsley Present Preliminary Findings to BP Oil Spill Commission

November 2010

Chief Counsel Fred Bartlit, along with Deputy Chief Counsels Sean Grimsley and Sambhav Sankar, over a two-day hearing presented the Commission Staff's preliminary findings regarding the causes of the Gulf Oil Spill.  The proceedings were nationally televised, with Fred and Sean cross-examining representatives of BP, Halliburton, and Transocean. 

The hearings came ten days after Fred, Sean, and Sambhav issued a letter to the Commission setting forth test results showing that the Halliburton cement slurry pumped at the Macondo well was likely unstable and may have contributed to the blowout.

Click here for New York Times report.

Click here for letter from Fred Bartlit to Commissioners.