Tuesday, July 20, 2010

BP Thinks It's Funny But It's Snot



Contractor: BP Pumped Unusual Chemicals Into Well Before Explosion
Rachel Slajda | July 20, 2010, 10:14AM
A contractor working on the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded testified  yesterday that the day before the explosion, BP had pumped an unusual chemical mixture into the well -- a mixture that later rained down on the rig like "snot."

Leo Lindner, a drilling fluid specialist for M-I Swaco, told the panel investigating the causes of the explosion that BP decided to mix two chemicals the company had a surplus of -- two chemicals that aren't usually mixed -- and pump them into the well to flush out the drilling mud.


Lindner said BP wanted to use 400 barrels of the mixture, more than twice the amount of fluid usually used, because the company had hundreds of barrels of the chemicals and wanted to get rid of them.


No wonder BP is acting paranoid: they did something almost certainly illegal (not to mention dangerous).

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