I'm just curious. How many people reading this believe there will be any significant criminal, civil or economic consequences to BP or Halliburton as a result of their criminal negligence?
The cement Halliburton Co. recommended to seal BP Plc’s Macondo well was unstable in tests and may have contributed to the April 20 blowout, the staff of a national commission investigating the accident said.
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill said documents provided by Halliburton showed at least three tests of the mixture, in February and April, found the mixture unstable. BP received data from at least one test in March, the commission staff said in a letter today.
“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 a letter sent to the commissioners from the panel’s chief counsel Fred Bartlit and other staff members.
Separate tests by Chevron Corp. on the cement slurry, using material supplied by Halliburton were unable to generate a stable mixture in a laboratory, according to the staff’s letter. Chevron had agreed to conduct the tests for the commission.