Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Today BP released its internal report on what caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The report has eight findings and one of them is that the gas that caused the explosion likely came up inside the casing of the well. The report blames both BP management for not spotting trouble signs and giving the okay to remove drilling mud from the riser, and Haliburton for a messy cement job in the well casing that apparently had gaps that allowed the gas to pressure through. The report does not criticize BP’s controversial practice of reducing the number of separators in the well that keep the inner pipe in the center of the well.
This evening a presidential commission that is also investigating the spill has a listening session at the University of Alaska for any Alaskans who want to pass on what they learned from the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989.
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