Saturday, Oct 22nd

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Gulf well 'shouted' warnings for hours before BP rig explosion

Gulf well 'shouted' warnings for hours before BP rig explosion

E-mail Print PDF
Gulf well 'shouted' warnings for hours before BP rig explosionThe crew of the Deepwater Horizon had a number of warning signs extending over five hours that conditions were worsening deep underwater before the oilrig exploded in the Gulf on April 20, BP's own investigators told a House inquiry into the cause of the deadly accident.

Details of BP's internal investigation provide fresh information about the extent of failures on the ill-fated rig, but the oil company's inquiry skirts the central question: why were those warnings ignored?

The apparent complacency of the BP crew comes as the Obama administration wrestles with the scope of possible new regulations on deepwater drilling and as a White House ordered inquiry is poised to release its findings on the explosion and spill.

Meanwhile, BP is set to attempt Wednesday to staunch the leak a mile below the surface. Oil company officials say the odds of success are 60 to 70 percent.

In its report to Congress, BP said crews noticed unusual pressure and fluid readings that should have alerted them not to remove heavy drilling lubricants known as "mud" from the well — a move that apparently allowed a sudden upwelling of gas that led to the explosion and sinking of the rig about 50 miles from the Louisiana shoreline.


Most Recent Related Stories...

6.6-magnitude quake hits Japan; little damage reported

6.6 earthquake in JapanA suspected 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook western Japan's Tottori prefecture Friday afternoon, causing some injuries and property...

Super Typhoon Haima hits Philippines as equivalent of Category 4 hurrricane

hurricane hits philippinesSuper Typhoon Haima hit the northeast Philippines on Wednesday, bringing gusts of nearly 200 mph --...

Atchison, Kan., residents urged to shelter in place after chemical spill

MGP spillA spill at the MGP Ingredients Inc. chemical plant in the Kansas city of Atchison has...

To The Surprise Of No One, NASA Predicts 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On Record

  2016 may be hottest yearFollowing the news of yet another “warmest month ever,” NASA has basically called it: This year...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!