Congressional committee report on BP oil spill – even worse than expected




You have to wonder if BP did much of anything right after reading these lowlights. It also seems obvious that BP had very little concern about maintaining proper safety if they were so far off in so many places. Being cozy with government may help run a campaign but when it comes to safety and the rest of us, it’s completely off.

A senior House Democrat said that the blowout preventer that failed to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico had a dead battery in its control pod, leaks in its hydraulic system, a “useless” test version of one of the devices that was supposed to close the flow of oil and a cutting tool that wasn’t strong enough to shear through joints that made up 10 percent of the drill pipe.

In a devastating review of the blowout preventer that BP said was supposed to be “fail-safe,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said in a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday that the device was anything but fail-safe.

Stupak said that the committee investigators had also uncovered a document prepared in 2001 by the drilling rig operator Transocean that said there were 260 “failure modes” that could require removal of the blowout preventer.


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