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