TV News LIES

Friday, Jan 30th

Last update08:42:00 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Rig's manager says BP tried to skip test, changed drilling plan

Rig's manager says BP tried to skip test, changed drilling plan

E-mail Print PDF

Rig's manager says BP tried to skip test, changed drilling planThe Transocean manager of the doomed Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig told a board of inquiry on Thursday that BP officials aboard the rig wanted to skip required pressure tests and tried to impose a drilling plan sent from BP's Houston headquarters that had not been approved by the federal government's Minerals Management Service.

Testifying before a Coast Guard and MMS board here, Jimmy Harrell, the Deepwater Horizon’s offshore installation manager, said BP initially wanted to replace heavy drilling lubricant, commonly called mud, at the bottom of the rig’s drill pipe with lighter seawater without performing a negative-pressure test. He said the plan to proceed with removing the drilling mud came from BP's Houston headquarters and had not been approved by MMS.

Harrell refused, however, to go forward without the negative-pressure test, which inovles sucking the air out of the pipeline to see if gas or oil leaks into the pipe. The test is critical to be certain that the pipe is secure before the heavy mud, which is the primary force keeping gas from surging up the pipe, is removed.

“I would not displace without doing a negative test,” Harrell said.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Pipeline Explodes In West Virginia, Sends Fireball Shooting Hundreds Of Feet In The Air

W.Va. pipelineA gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded into a ball of flames on Monday...

Obama To Propose Protecting 1.4 Million Acres Of U.S. Arctic Refuge

obama proposes aRCTIC PROTECTIONU.S. President Barack Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of the Arctic from...

China’s Louisiana Purchase: Who’s building a methanol plant on the bayou?

methanolA prominent Chinese tycoon and politician — whose natural gas company's environmental and labor rights record...

Scientists puzzled, worried by rapid draining of Greenland lakes

greenland lakesTwo subglacial Greenland lakes thought to be stable -- pockets of icy water accumulated over many...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!