Deepwater – someone blundered

The failures at the Macondo Well and its rig the Deepwater Horizon will fill tens of thousands of pages of evidence, reports and newsprint. The first in what will, no doubt, be a long line of reports has been BP’s own investigation. I have read the executive summary and watched BP’s video which is at

http://bp.concerts.com/gom/deepwater_horizon_report_long.htm. BP has identified a number of failures and is seeking to allocate blame between itself and its partners in the venture, Halliburton and Transocean. About half of the failures that BP claims are errors by the rig operator’s personnel – human error. The remaining failures relate to design or specification of equipment. Continue reading