Skip to comments.Rig Survivors: BP Ordered Shortcut On Day Of Blast
Posted on 06/08/2010 3:13:46 PM PDT by khnyny
(CNN) -- The morning the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, a BP executive and a Transocean official argued over how to proceed with the drilling, rig survivors told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview.
The survivors' account paints perhaps the most detailed picture yet of what happened on the deepwater rig -- and the possible causes of the April 20 explosion.
The BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN.
BP won the argument, said Doug Brown, the rig's chief mechanic. "He basically said, 'Well, this is how it's gonna be.' "
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I’m dubious. Seriously.
Sounds like the MSM trying to help Obama out.
Penny wise, Pound foolish.... and it cost the lives of 11 good men.
No kidding. Where’s the “Aw Jeez, Not this F****** Shit Again” guy when you need him?
This came from CNN (Clintoon News Network).
Hang ‘em high
I heard quite a bit about this and it fit’s in well with the BP cultural of beating it’s slaves to row the boat faster.
Hidden in all of this is some sort of arcane EPA regulation restricting the amount of “brown mud” that can be used per day, or per well, or some stupid thing ~ or something along that line.
Actually I heard this before. And I would not be surprised that this is the way it happened?
I read the interview 60 minutes did with one of the survivors named Williams last week. He was in the room and sitting next to the exec and his story jives with this one.
If they’d sealed it up with the heavy mud, it would have just killed the crew of the completion rig when they drilled through the plug.
posted on WSJ about 3 weeks ago
Speaking of 11 good men, have you seen any articles or photo montages or tributes to those men in any of the reporting on this disaster?
I haven’t seen a thing, but usually when there is a disaster with more than one or two fatalities (plane crash, train derailment, etc) the media trip all over themselves to do “human interest” stories on the victims and their families.
Maybe I’ve missed them, but I have not noticed a single such story about the 11 workers on that rig.
Not to mention they insisted on continuing even though the anular (the plug that keeps the oil down) was breaking apart and they were getting chunks of rubber out of the pump.
But let’s see that video again of the CEO saying ‘It wasn’t our fault, this was Transocean’s fault...”
The cavern of oil goes all the way inland under Alabama, etc.
It can pump 500,000 barrels a day for ten years!
That about one normal tanker a day.
About what one normal to large refinery can handle every day.
So right there, P O O F , instant under $2 gasoline.
Plus, that much less money for our enemies(the Saudis) to buy arms for their pals.
NOW, A FACE ON THE GULF BP BLOWOUT ~ This guy Chuck Hamel seems to have gotten BP all sensitized to BROWN MUD, and that’s exactly what precipitated this change from brown mud to seawater in the process of pumping cement into the oil well pipe structures to beef them up. No doubt Chucky meant well but he’s one stupid puke Fur Shur ~> http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/view/989/1/89/
That seems to be the consistent story but BP could not have gotten away with that demand if they had not gotten some sort of nod from the agencies of the Obama Administration,
Actually I had heard this story already, just a day or so after the explosion.
“Actually I heard this before. And I would not be surprised that this is the way it happened?”
Yes, this story has been around for a while now. Could very well have been the way it happened.
I want names....and country of origin.... of ALL engineers hired by BP. ALL who worked on the rig and ALL who had the authority to make any decision. TINFOIL hat/
Follow the money... to Obama and Rahm’s cozy apt. for BP execs.
With that kind of record from BP, showing rampant and continuing violations, BP sounds like a criminal organization to me....
From another FReeper thread ...
Wouldn't matter how many exemptions, etc that BP asked for, got, or ignored, or waded into up to their necks, the facts are that one "whistleblower" had already caused BP so much grief (and external costs) over the issue of "brown mud" that their working field managers were HYPERSENSITIVE to anything that might appear to be excessive use of the material.
It was that, the fear of extremely costly lawsuits, not the relatively modest cost of drilling operations, that had that manager recoiling from the continued use of "brown mud".
We can blame the entire BP Gulf Blowout on this one guy ~ Chuck Hamel!
He also seems to have been very instrumental in stopping drilling at ANWR.
The guy's doing a heck of a job protecting the reindeer, but he's just killed the Gulf of Mexico!
At the depth they were drilling how well does seawater do in replacing “heavy mud” for this?
Let's say all of that is true. But what about SECURITY? Such pressurized jugular veins would be sweet and easy targets for our enemies, at the time of their choosing. What happens if we go to war? What happens if a dozen of these are all sabotaged and/or torpedoed?
When this happens that makes those of us who know something about industrial process auditing to suspect that these are DOCUMENTATION ERRORS for the most part ~ usually a handbook without correct updates properly annotated.
So then how is it that Halliburton topped off the well with cement.
This story seems bogus and designed to promote lawsuits and nothing much else.
I have seen a couple. One about a fellow who got his will updated, upped his insurance and so on.
His wife asked why - he said “just in case” His last platform rotation before getting a shore billit.
At least he died knowing his family was taken care of -
Me? I would have quit. No job is worth dying over. THe guy demonstrated he knew the place was an accident waiting to happen.... bummer for th ekids.
See: CHUCK HAMEL WHISTLEBLOWER BP.
I suspect Chucky is also a Sarah Palin hater.
The next bullet says: After 16.5 hours waiting on cement, a test was performed on the wellbore below the Blowout Preventer. BP explained to us what this means. Halliburton completed cementing the well at 12:35 a.m. on April 20 and after giving the cement time to set, a negative pressure test was conducted around 5:00 p.m. This is an important test. During a negative pressure test, the fluid pressure inside the well is reduced and the well is observed to see whether any gas leaks into the well through the cement or casing.
According to James Dupree, the BP Senior Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico, the well did not pass this test. Mr. Dupree told Committee staff on Monday that the test result was not satisfactory and inconclusive. Significant pressure discrepancies were recorded.
As a result, another negative pressure test was conducted. This is described in the fourth bullet: During this test, 1,400 psi was observed on the drill pipe while 0 psi was observed on the kill and the choke lines.
According to Mr. Dupree, this is also an unsatisfactory test result. The kill and choke lines run from the drill rig 5,000 feet to the blowout preventer at the sea floor. The drill pipe runs from the drill rig through the blowout preventer deep into the well. In the test, the pressures measured at any point from the drill rig to the blowout preventer should be the same in all three lines. But what the test showed was that pressures in the drill pipe were significantly higher. Mr. Dupree explained that the results could signal that an influx of gas was causing pressure to mount inside the wellbore.
Another document provided by BP to the Committee is labeled What Could Have Happened. It was prepared by BP on April 26, ten days before the first document. According to BP, their understanding of the cause of the spill has evolved considerably since April 26, so this document should not be considered definitive. But it also describes the two negative pressure tests and the pressure discrepancies that were recorded.
What happened next is murky. Mr. Dupree told the Committee staff that he believed the well blew moments after the second pressure test. But lawyers for BP contacted the Committee yesterday and provided a different account. According to BPs counsel, further investigation has revealed that additional pressure tests were taken, and at 8:00 p.m., company officials determined that the additional results justified ending the test and proceeding with well operations.
Me too. There is big money for the crew especially if BP is prosecuted with criminal charges.
I’m not. It fits in with all the descriptions of what happened, with the way it happened.
Everyone thinks that Obama and company stood to profit by getting this well turned over to Production. It is true, but only in a limited way.
BP was going green. The Deepwater Horizon Project was the largest holdback to BP selling off it’s deep drilling equipment, and converting all it’s resources to the NEW GREEN INDUSTRIAL CASH BONANZA.
It was behind schedule, delaying Obama’s banning of deep water drilling. Approvals were given at the highest levels for skipping certain ‘procedures’ in the interest of saving time.
The money wasn’t really the issue. More money could not solve the problem of the time it would take to complete the necessary steps to ensure the wellhead remained secure.
Obama and his handlers, wanted to pull BP out of the deep ocean business, and retool into the new GREEN ECONOMY with over $100 billion promised to the UN GREEN INITIATIVE from just the US. Money, Money, Money. They took a risk, had the MMS provide some waivers, and ... you know the rest of the story.
None of this went the way they planned. Except for the part about getting out of the deep well drilling arena.
“company officials determined that the additional results justified ending the test and proceeding with well operations. “
I guess they couldn’t have been more wrong.
CNN = No credibility whatsoever
I'm with ya on that. Something stinks!
There was an earlier story in which some mining engineers reported this same thing. BP decided to cut some corners, and get the well operating 5 days sooner. The workers objected, but were overridden. The BP guy said, “I’m the boss, and what I say, goes.” The chief objector got killed in the accident.
I don’t see how this story helps Obama. Quite the opposite. BP bought and paid for Obama and the government. They gave Rahm a free apartment in DC for five years. It would be in the administration’s interest to blame the platform operators, rather than BP.
Yes, I know this is CNN, but a lot of lefties are getting fed up with Obama because he isn’t left enough for them. I think there’s probably something in this.
Moreover, BP is said to have a reputation for cutting corners, and has had more than its share of refinery accidents, according to accounts I have seen.
interesting... btw, that article is by the notorious Jason Leopold, one of the most unreliable so-called “journalists” in recent history (Plamegate infamy).... Leopold and Chuck Hamel seem to be made for each other
Every man on the factory floor can do anything better than “the Engineer they sent down here”
This in not to be believed.
So why did this administration award this same oil rig an award last year for its exemplary safety history?
You’re barking up the wrong tree. THIS WAS NOT A TERRORIST ACT.
Maybe he could tell us more?
Yes, I agree, that’s why I posted the story.
Just a guess ... BP =/= rig.
To quote Vinnie in "My Uncle Vinne": "Are youuu sure?"
The timing is interesting, to say the least.
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