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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:14 AM

Deepwater trial: US lawyers say BP ignored warnings on 'well from hell'

As 11 teams of lawyers deliver opening statements in trial over 2010 disaster, judge sets out a three-month timetable

The man in charge of BP's ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig warned his boss that staff were operating in "chaos, paranoia and insanity" just days before a fatal blowout killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in US history, a New Orleans court heard on Monday.

In opening arguments Michael Underhill, the lawyer representing the US Department of Justice, said BP knew it was drilling a "well from hell" but that its managers refused to deviate from a "course of corporate recklessness" that ultimately led to the fatal blowout at the Gulf of Mexico well.

In a difficult day for BP, Underhill was followed by statements from BP's partners in the fatal rig, Transocean and Halliburton, who also slammed BP. The dead rig workers "put too much trust in BP and paid for that trust with their lives," said Transocean attorney Brad Brian.


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Reply Deepwater trial: US lawyers say BP ignored warnings on 'well from hell' (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Feb 2013 OP
Hubert Flottz Feb 2013 #1

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 07:36 AM

1. So did Halliburton and the other contractors involved.

That well was like the AT Massey mine in WV that killed 29 men. The ONLY consideration in both cases was to increase profit/production for the stockholders, regulations be damned.

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