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Panel: Dollars did not trump safety in Gulf spill

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The presidential commission investigating the massive Gulf oil spill has found no instance where a decision deliberately sacrificed safety to cut costs.

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Fred H. Bartlit, Jr., the panel's chief counsel, in a presentation today said the probe did not uncover any case where an individual made a conscious choice to "favor dollars over safety."

That statement conflicts with investigations by Democrats in Congress who have accused BP of cutting corners when it made several critical well design decisions. Those decisions have also been questioned by other major oil companies.

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