Metairie, LA (AP) - A technician, on Thursday October 7, challenged BP's claim about how long it would have taken to install an additional number of a key device the oil giant had been warned was essential to
prevent a severe gas flow problem in its Gulf well that later blew
Centralizers make sure the casing is running down the center of
the well bore. If the casing is cemented off-center, there is a
risk of an imperfect seal that could allow oil and gas to escape.
BP installed only six, against a Halliburton recommendation to
One issue in a federal investigative panel's probe of the rig
explosion and massive oil spill that followed is whether BP cut
corners to reduce costs. The well project was nearly $60 million
over budget at the time the centralizer warning was raised.
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