May 17, 2010 – BP’s weekend success in mounting a pipe to siphon some of the oil and gas from the leaking well has been tempered by a host of bad news. Oil plumes 10 miles long have formed under the surface of the gulf; the spill risks entering a current that could take the oil around Florida and up the Eastern Seaboard; and BP has found additional safety issues on its much heralded Atlantis Production platform in the Gulf. But the worst news for BP had to be the 60 Minutes report, in which sources put the blame for the disaster squarely on BP.
In the report, Deepwater Horizon engineer Mike Williams described a “chest-bumping” between Transocean and BP over the decision on how to plug the well. Transocean wanted to keep the pressure in the borehole under control with heavy mud while Haliburton set the cement plugs. BP wanted to replace the mud in the riser with seawater before all the plugs were set in order to expedite the departure of the rig to a new drilling site as fast as possible.
Williams stated that both companies knew about the problems with the rig’s blowout preventer, which he said were damaged in a test weeks before the disaster. The fact that engineers knew of the problem could have been why Transocean was pushing to complete the cement plugs while the well was still weighted with mud.
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