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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 01:21 PM
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BP workers could have prevented (Deepwater Horizon) rig accident: (White House oil spill) commission
Edited on Thu Feb-17-11 01:35 PM by Turborama
Source: Reuters

By Ayesha Rascoe
WASHINGTON | Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:09pm EST

(Reuters) - BP had workers on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig who could have prevented the missteps that led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but they were not consulted, the White House oil spill commission said on Thursday.

In an expanded report on the causes of the BP drilling disaster that killed 11 workers and ravaged the U.S. Gulf coast last summer, the commission released new details about the events that preceded the BP accident.

The commission's investigators said BP workers failed to ask a knowledgeable company engineer who was visiting the rig about unexpected results from a critical negative pressure test on the rig.

"If anyone had consulted him or any other shore-based engineer, the blowout might never have happened," the commission said in a statement.

The rig crew's misreading of that pressure test and the decision to move ahead with temporary abandonment of BP's Macondo well was a major catalyst for the April 20 rig explosion that eventually unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-oil-spill-...



The full report is available to download here: http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/chief-counsels-report
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Frisbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 01:33 PM
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1. So it is the workers who were responsible...
and not BP. Now I understand. Also nice to see that the Gulf Coast was ravaged "last summer" and that things are all good there now.
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Moosepoop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 03:10 PM
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4. No
It is BP being held responsible.
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seabeckind Donating Member (406 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 01:54 PM
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2. Was this cleared with BP before pub?
Edited on Thu Feb-17-11 01:56 PM by seabeckind
What good is a political donation if they don't get a return?

No wait, sorry, my bad. Mission accomplished. (Misread it the first time -- as if it mattered)
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 02:43 PM
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3. Ah, yes, it's always the low-level workers' fault. Can't expect management to actually MANAGE. nt
Edited on Thu Feb-17-11 02:44 PM by valerief
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Moosepoop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 03:16 PM
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5. It is management, not the lowly workers, being held responsible.
From the link in the OP:


Had BP's well site leaders brought their faulty explanation of the test results to either of the visiting engineers, "events likely would have turned out differently," the commission report said.

The two engineers who were visiting the rig that day said they would have insisted on further testing, had they been consulted.

"The sad fact is that this was an entirely preventable disaster," the commission's chief counsel, Fred Bartlit, said in a statement. "Poor decisions by management were the real cause."
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-17-11 10:40 PM
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6. Old news, slow investigation
This was pretty obvious from information available within a few days after the blowout happened. There was lots of opposition from below, and lots of pressure for illegal and inadequate safety precautions from the top down. The bosses won.
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