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The commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has found BP and other companies guilty of complacency and blamed cost cutting and poor management and engineering decisions.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling has released forward chapters in advance of its full report, which will come out on January 11.

But was this really the worst environmental disaster in US history or was it over-hyped at BP's expense?

To discuss this, Inside Story is joined by Turki Hemsh Al Terkawi, an expert on offshore drilling, and Chris Calland, a senior account manager at Political Lobbying and Media Relations.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Thursday, January 6, 2011.

Source: Al Jazeera