Thursday, September 16, 2010

Accont* (for Accountability, etc.)

Last week, BP released the findings from its internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon well explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company’s verdict? According to its own Web site:

A report released by BP today concludes that decisions made by "multiple companies and work teams" contributed to the accident which it says arose from "a complex and interlinked series of mechanical failures, human judgments, engineering design, operational implementation and team interfaces.”

Huh? What ever happened to accountability?

Accont* is a typo of moderate probability with 25 English-language entries in the OhioLink database. (Not all are truly errors.) It might be tempting to pass the buck on these findings in your own catalog, but you’ll feel better if you do the right thing and correct them.

(NASA satellite image of the oil spill, from Wikimedia Commons)

Deb Kulczak

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