from the no-surprise-there dept
Slashdot points us to the news about how BP blatantly ignored the advice of safety software that it was using in setting up the oil well at the center of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. Apparently, much of this information slipped out accidentally. The Oil Spill Commission accidentally revealed the following slide, which it had not meant to post, which highlights many of the "risky" steps taken by BP, Halliburton and Transocean in an effort to cut corners and save time:
According to the report, Halliburton's software had noted "serious stability concerns" with the well, leading BP to order more "centralizers." Unfortunately, when those centralizers arrived, BP engineers (incorrectly) thought they were the wrong type for the well, leading BP to just ignore it. An email apparently stated:
"Who cares, it's done, end of story, we'll probably be fine."Ah, yes. Now there's an email someone now wishes they had not written.