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Gulf oil spill: Deepwater Horizon was due for major overhaul

The Deepwater Horizon was in poor condition prior to its exploding in the Gulf of Mexico and triggering the worst U.S. offshore oil spill in history, an engineering technician told federal investigators at a hearing in suburban New Orleans Friday.

“The rig was in very bad condition,” said Mike Williams, a chief engineer technician who worked for rig owner Transocean aboard the Deepwater Horizon, which erupted in flames April 20, killing 11 crew members.

Williams said he was told that the mobile floating rig was going to be returned for an overhaul next year for a “very long time,” something that wasn’t surprising to him, given a history of deferred maintenance.

The testimony was made at a hearing of a joint U.S. Coast Guard-Interior Department investigation probing the cause of the oil spill.

--Rong-Gong Lin II in Kenner, La.
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"Deferred maintenance" sounds like bureaucratese for putting something off until the next quarter. Get the cost into the next cost cycle.
That's a decision made by bean counters, not geologists or engineers.

The Economic Times: "BP accused of trying to silence scientists on spill: Report"
has BP "supported" also the Press???????
WHY all the Press STILL don't talk about the BP tool able to stop the oil spill in the early days of May????????

Baloney. The rigs are scheduled for drydock maintenance every five years no matter what. Nothing to do with its condition.


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