Money TalksSubmitted by amerianna on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 10:17
In the fateful hours before the Deepwater Horizon exploded about 50 miles off the Louisiana shore, a safety test was supposedly performed to detect if explosive gas was leaking from the mile-deep well.
While some data were being transmitted to shore for safekeeping right up until the blast, officials from Transocean, the rig owner, told Congress that the last seven hours of its information are missing and that all written logs were lost in the explosion. Earlier tests that suggested explosive gas was leaking were preserved.
The gap poses a mystery for investigators: What decisions were made and what warnings might have been ignored?
According to this article, when Halliburton showed BP PLC and Transocean officials the results of pressure tests that suggested gas was leaking, the rig workers were put on "standby." The story is that "Transocean and BP company people got their heads together," and 40 minutes later gave the green light. The Halliburton crew members were not shown any new test results.
"They said they did their own tests, and they came out OK. But there was no real record or real-time recordation of that test."
It has been stated that BP and Transocean quite probably had monetary reasons for ignoring the earlier tests.
And according to this article, rig workers in Gulf oil spill were told to sign statements, 'or they can't go home'.
It seems that all is not as it appears - and once again, it is money that is doing the talking.