BP says film is inaccurate portrayal of oil rig disaster

LONDON • BP has criticised the Deepwater Horizon film as being an inaccurate Hollywood dramatisation of the deadly oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

"The Deepwater Horizon movie is Hollywood's take on a tragic and complex accident. It is not an accurate portrayal of the events that led to the accident, our people or the character of our company," Mr Geoff Morrell, BP senior vice-president of US communications and external affairs, said in a statement on the British oil and gas company's website.

Deepwater Horizon, which will be released in the United States on Friday and is showing in Singapore cinemas, focuses on the hours before and after the explosion from a well blowout on the BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, leading to the worst offshore oil disaster in American history.

Eleven workers were killed and millions of barrels of oil spewed onto the shorelines of several states for nearly three months.

BP, which has had to pay more than US$55 billion (S$74 billion) in clean-up costs and fines, said the film "ignores the conclusions reached by every official investigation: that the accident was the result of multiple errors made by a number of companies".

Actor Mark Wahlberg, who plays an oil engineer who survived the disaster, said the film aimed to honour the 11 men killed in the accident.

Other than BP, rig operator Transocean and services contractor Halliburton were also found to be at fault.

"Coming as it does 61/2 years after the accident, the movie also does not reflect who we are today, the lengths we've gone to restore the Gulf, the work we've done to become safer and the trust we've earned back around the world." BP said in the statement.

REUTERS

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