BP to present findings to Salazar, other top DOI officials

BP on Wednesday afternoon will present the findings of its internal probe into the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other senior officials in the department, Salazar said.

BP officials will brief Salazar, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Wilma Lewis and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich at 4 p.m. EST, Salazar told reporters.

BP released its report early Wednesday, pinning blame not just on itself for the Gulf spill but also on rig owner Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton — a BP-hired contractor responsible for cementing the well.

 Transocean and Halliburton, in turn, have issued subsequent statements blaming BP for deflecting too much blame for the spill.

The Obama administration is undertaking its own investigation into the April 20 explosion of the BP-run Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent spill, the biggest in U.S. history. Salazar said he is “highly sensitive” about the fact that federal investigations are still under way, including the need to continue to review forensics data regarding the rig’s blowout preventer that failed to prevent the leak from the ruptured Macondo well.