Emails show BP knew 6 weeks before the explosion that they didn’t have control.
BP Lacked Well Control Six Weeks Before Blowout, E-Mails Show
May 30, 2010
By Joe Carroll
March 10th email:
“We are in the midst of a well control situation on MC 252 #001 and have stuck pipe,” Douglas wrote, referring to the subsea block, Mississippi Canyon 252, of the stricken well. “We are bringing out equipment to begin operations to sever the drillpipe, plugback the well and bypass.”
It’s also in the N.Y. Times.
Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig
By IAN URBINA
Published: May 29, 2010
The documents show that in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig, BP was struggling with a loss of “well control.” And as far back as 11 months ago, it was concerned about the well casing and the blowout preventer.
Expect an increase in onshore drilling because of this. Spills, blowouts, leaks and all kinds of environmental damage happens on shore. It’s just a whole lot easier to see in the ocean and harder to cover up. Onshore they can just throw sand on it.
UPDATE: The chances that the flow of this river of oil can be stopped are not looking good.