Contractor Halliburton knew the cement it used to seal the BP Deepwater oil rig was faulty but used it anyway, according to a report released by a federal commision. “Halliburton and BP both had results in March showing that a very similar foam slurry design to the one actually pumped at the Macondo well would be unstable, but neither acted upon that data,” according to investigators.
Thomas Roth, Halliburton’s vice-president of cementing, recently stated that his company’s tests showed the materials had “good stability,” a claim contradicted by BP officials.
Just who is to blame for the disaster?
“Halliburton to Blame for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill?” Lucy Savage, USA Live Headlines.
“Halliburton blames BP’s well design in Macondo blowout report,” World Oil Online.
“BP blames Transocean for massive oil spill,” Rupert Steiner, This Is Money.
“BP and Transocean blame each other for Gulf of Mexico oil spill,” James Quinn, The Telegraph.
“BP Report Shifts Gulf Spill Blame to Transocean, Halliburton,” Joe Carroll and Jim Polson, Businessweek.
“Is Obama to Blame for Deepwater Horizon?” Jordan Levine, The Sensible Horizon.
“Deepwater Horzion: Should we blame the engineers?” Clay Maitland, ClayMaitland.com
“BP: Blame Physics,” Flash Modin, Physics Buzz.
“Who’s Really to Blame for the BP Oil Spill? We Are.” Dave Chameide, Care2.
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