Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Bloomberg is reporting this morning that an internal BP investigation has found the smoking gun in the Deepwater Horizon blowout. The report is due to be released in a couple of weeks. It will reportedly say that BP engineers aboard the Transocean drilling rig misinterpreted pressure data that was actually telling them that pressure was building up in the well. The engineers gave the okay to replace drilling muds in the riser – the pipe leading from the blowout preventer to the surface – with seawater, which has less back-pressure to hold the gas in the well.
Reportedly also an eight-member presidential panel investigating the blowout has requested the internal report, which was put together by a team led by BP’s Mark Bly of the company’s Safety and Operations Division. The report is said to blame both BP and Transocean for the blowout.
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