BP could have prevented blowout

Physorg – BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico might never have blown last year if the company’s engineers had been consulted about a key test that pointed to a defective cement job, investigators reported Thursday. Those and other details were disclosed in a report wrapping up an investigation by a presidential commission that blamed the April 20, 2010 disaster on management failures by BP, Halliburton and Transocean. A massive explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers, sank the rig and sent millions of barrels of oil flowing into the Gulf over a three month period, wreaking havoc on the region’s environment and economy. The report by the commission’s lead counsel, Fred Bartlit, zeroed in on the failure of the cement well casing put in by Halliburton and a key negative pressure test just before the blowout that should have warned BP supervisors of a problem. Read Article