Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cement Mixture: Putzy, Putzy


Inquiry: BP, Halliburton knew well cement was 'unstable'

BP and Transocean, another partner, 'misinterpreted or chose not to conduct' key tests, it adds

BP and its cement contractor, Halliburton, knew weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that the cement mixture they planned to use to seal the new well was unstable but still completed the work, staff for the presidential commission investigating the accident said in a letter Thursday.

That improper cement work "may have contributed to the blowout" on April 20 that killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in history, the staff stated in the first official finding of responsibility for the disaster.

What a surprise.

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