Survivors from the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon that killed eleven men, appeared on Anderson Cooper’s program, telling him about shortcuts they were ordered to take by BPO officials.
The morning of the explosion, they claim that an official from Transocean andÂ a BP executive argued over how to proceed with the drilling. One of the survivors told CNN that the 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.
Chief rig mechanic Doug Brown said, “He (the BP executive)basically said, ‘Well, this is how it’s gonna be.’ “
Recent interviews have unearthed claims of BP cutting staff and ignoring several warning signs. It was pretty common knowledge that voicing concerns could lead to being fired. Anything that led to delaying the drilling could cost any of them their jobs.
BP spokesman Robert Wine wouldn’t comment on any of these allegations when approached by CNN, saying the investigation was underway and they had to wait for its completion.
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill that has spewed as much as 798,000 gallons (19,000 barrels) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day. The rig workers have filed a negligence suit against BP, Transocean, oil field services contractor Halliburton as well as several other companies involved with the deepwater rig.
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See video of the rig survivors and their account of the explosion that killed 11 of their co-workers, in addition to their concerns over safety.