"I don't ever remember doing this" - Rig Survivor

Rig survivors: BP ordered shortcut on day of blast

BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN.

BP won the argument, said Doug Brown, the rig's chief mechanic. "He basically said, 'Well, this is how it's gonna be.' "

In the CNN interviews, the workers described a corporate culture of cutting staff and ignoring warning signs ahead of the blast. They said BP routinely cut corners and pushed ahead despite concerns about safety.

Remember 60 minutes had the interview with Mike Williams where he suspected this was the case.

Jed wrote about it here:

60 Minutes: Despite damaged blowout preventer, BP cut corners immediately before explosion

This is a corporate culture which has come about as a result of many, many years of focussing attention on managing the politics to eliminate protective controls and safety measures, rather than spending the money to do it right.

At least two people have now implicated cutting corners and overruling the better judgment of operations management, let alone standard operating procedures, in order to try to (it appears) save time and money, as potentially contributing to the Deepwater Chernobyl disaster.

Video @CNN here : "This is how it's going to be"

I wonder how often BP say that to legislators :
Lindsey Graham Will Vote Against His Own Climate Bill

If they weren't right on the Deepwater Horizon, do you think they are going to be right with respect to energy and climate policy?

I think it will be worth watching Anderson Cooper 360 as he interviews 5 rig survivors this evening.
Program Note: On "AC360°," five survivors of the rig tell Anderson Cooper about the days leading up to the explosion. Watch "AC360°" at 10 ET Tuesday night, live from the Gulf.

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I expanded the opening before the jump by two sentences just for aesthetics. No words or anything else changed... Just where the jump/break was. :)

It was noted on another blog that I'd not put this in context and was rectified by a commenter.

I watched the full AC360 and think he did a pretty good job with the reporting. One thing which did concern me however is that even now they weren't able to film the rescued wildlife. Without the visuals of just how damaging this oil spill has been, people will still not get it that if Deepwater drilling continues, stronger and enforceable oversight is needed. That there is a cost to be paid when engineering shortcuts and skimping on safety is the practice due to no fear of penalty.


Hide the pictures of the coffins returning home. If you can't see it you won't get pissed about it, right?