Memo to Congress: BP Ignored Safety Warnings

Memo to Congress: BP Ignored Safety Warnings

This morning the New York Times, citing  a memorandum released last night, Tuesday, addressed to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, reports, BP had strong warning signs that something was terribly wrong with their Gulf well oil rig, hours before it exploded last month, killing eleven human beings and releasing a gushing oil spill, which is killing many fish and wildlife. and is polluting the waters of the Gulf.

Flow indicators, meant to warn  workers that pressure was building inside the rig's drill pipe, went off several times in the hours before the drill pipe exploded. "BP ... also indicated that there might have been problems with the blowout preventer — the stack of valves and rams on the seafloor designed to seal off the well in the event of an emergency — at least five hours before the explosion. A sharp fall in fluid levels in the riser pipe that connects the well to the rig suggested that one of the seals in the preventer was leaking. There was an 'indicator of a very large abnormality,' BP’s investigator told the committee, adding that workers might have made a “fundamental mistake” in ignoring it ..."

BP held a memorial service for the eleven whom were killed because BP ignored safety warnings.