UPDATE 5.28.10 Wall Street Journal: BP Decisions Set Stage for Disaster
“But neither scenario explains the whole story. A Wall Street Journal investigation provides the most complete account so far of the fateful decisions that preceded the blast. BP made choices over the course of the project that rendered this well more vulnerable to the blowout, which unleashed a spew of crude oil that engineers are struggling to stanch.”
May 26 via Truthout: Company executives and top drill hands on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig argued for hours about how to proceed before a BP official made the decision to remove heavy drilling fluid from the well and replace it with lighter weight seawater that was unable to prevent gas from surging to the surface and exploding.
One employee was so mad, the rig’s chief mechanic Doug Brown testified, that he warned they’d be relying on the rig’s blowout preventer if they proceeded the way BP wanted.
“He pretty much grumbled, ‘Well, I guess that’s what we have those pinchers for,’ ” Brown said of Jimmy Harrell, the top Transocean official on the rig. “Pinchers” was likely a reference to the shear rams in the blowout preventers, the final means of stopping an explosion.
Brown said in sworn testimony on Wednesday that the BP official stood up during the meeting and said, “This is how it’s going to be.”
It was the kind of power struggle that’s common on all offshore rigs, but the fight on the Deepwater Horizon had deadly consequences, employees and experts testified Wednesday, May 26, at a government inquiry in Louisiana. Read more at Truthout
May 25 via Washington PostU.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts’ red flags on environmental risks
Here’s the first hand account ~
The 60 Minutes episode that tells the truth about what really happened leading up to the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20th, 2010. This whistleblower jumped 100 feet from the burning rig, he believes it was in order that the truth would be told.