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BP Blames Engineers For Misreading Data

From Bloomberg:

BP Said to Fault Own Engineers for Misinterpreting Well Data

By Joe Carroll – Aug 30, 2010

BP Plc’s internal investigation of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster pins some of the blame on the company for mistakes made when finishing the oil well, including misreading pressure data that indicated a blowout was imminent, according to a person familiar with the report.

BP managers aboard the Transocean Ltd.-owned rig misinterpreted a test of the Macondo well’s stability on April 20, deciding the test confirmed the well was in good shape, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report’s findings haven’t been publicly released.

So how could more strict government regulation and oversight have prevented the misreading of data? How can you regulate against human error?

Doesn’t this once again show that Mr. Obama’s ‘moratorium’ on offshore drilling has nothing to do with the BP accident, and everything to do with trying to stop oil drilling in our country?

That positive interpretation of the test data cleared the way for rig workers to begin replacing drilling fluid in the well, which is heavier than oil and natural gas, with seawater.

The seawater was too light to prevent natural gas that had begun leaking into the well from shooting up the pipe to the rig, where it exploded and killed 11 workers…

A federal investigative panel comprised of U.S. Coast Guard officers and Interior Department regulators has focused on how BP employees aboard the rig and in Houston failed to detect signals that the well was about to erupt.

The probe also has questioned why BP engineer John Guide, the team leader overseeing the project, disregarded warnings of a potential blowout from contractor Halliburton Co

Oh, the irony.

The 200-page report was compiled by a team of BP investigators led by Mark Bly, the London-based company’s head of safety and operations. The report concluded BP bears at least partial responsibility for the incident that led to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the person said

It is not the largest oil spill in US history.

Speaking of misreading data.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “BP Blames Engineers For Misreading Data”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Sounds like “Blame The Pilot Syndrome”.
    We see it after any major air crash (even more so when the pilots die.)

  2. jimwilson says:

    Per usual, the whole plan is to make a “Crisis” become something bigger

    And.. as always.. Obama — and all “progressives” — have the media as their partners in crime.

    I happened to be watching this odd video and out of nowhere.. Chuck Todd from NBC appears to wax poetic about how he believes every crisis is an opportunity… for a “long term solution”

    Of course… what if the problem that spurred the crisis has no systemic issue as its root cause? What if it was just a “glitch” or “screw up” or “simple mistake that grew out of control”

    Oh well… “long term solution” is CODE for “change everything”….

    Watch this at 6:22 in… (and try not to throw up)

    The ever smiling foolish TV host woman is perhaps even more annoying (if that is possible)

  3. proreason says:

    It blows my mind that an individual engineer would be blamed by BP. They must have just read Alinsky.

    And why doesn’t the “journalist” reporting the slander ask why BP would ever let such a disaster hinge on a split-second decision by an individual. Maybe he did make a bad decision. But the criminal culpability for it remains with BP for allowing one human being to be in such a position, not on the poor man whose life has now been ruined.

    On second thought, they must have certainly read Alinsky, or else, they consulted directly with the Moron.

  4. canary says:

    BP officials that were celebrating in the next room with their new inside news from Obama, they would be the 1 of the 3 companies to receive that safest oil company award in a matter of days.

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    “The probe also has questioned why BP engineer John Guide, the team leader overseeing the project, disregarded warnings of a potential blowout from contractor Halliburton Co…”

    This is not ironic, this is to be expected. THe Halliburton Hurricane/Ethnic Cleansing machine runs on crude oil, and a blowout would have cut into their ready supply.

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