Saturday, April 20th, 2019

What Went Wrong Aboard BP Oil Rig: Everything!

Published on December 27, 2010 by   ·   No Comments

By Polly Davis Doig

Deepwater Horizon should have been able to contain blowout

(Newser) – Eight months after the Deepwater Horizon exploded into the worst environmental disaster the Gulf has seen, the New York Times offers its own post-mortem of what went wrong aboard Transocean’s sleek, star-crossed drilling rig. In an extensive report, gleaned from worker interviews and testimony, maintenance records, and communications, the Times focuses on what went wrong in the frantic moments after the blowout—and the state-of-the-art rig that by all account should have been able to contain it.

From the Times report: “What emerges is a stark and singular fact: crew members died and suffered terrible injuries because every one of the Horizon’s defenses failed on April 20. Some were deployed but did not work. Some were activated too late, after they had almost certainly been damaged by fire or explosions. Some were never deployed at all.” Click for BP’s internal report.

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