Independent experts might have found rig-design defects blamed for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill if Transocean allowed them to regularly inspect the Deepwater Horizon's drilling equipment, according to the federal panel probing the disaster. Three government drilling engineers that are part of the commission admitted they had wrongly believed that such "third-party" certifications were occurring. As a result, the White House has tasked Gulf rigs to have blowout preventers independently examined before drillers are permitted to resume activity.

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