BP’s drillers wrote of “chaos” and “insanity” drilling Macondo well.

February 25, 2013 Oil 

Guardian: “The man in charge of BP‘s ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig warned his boss that staff were operating in “chaos, paranoia and insanity” just days before a fatal blowout killed 11 men …”“In opening arguments Michael Underhill, the lawyer representing the US Department of Justice, said BP knew it was drilling a “well from hell” but that its managers refused to deviate from a “course of corporate recklessness” that ultimately led to the fatal blowout at the Gulf of Mexico well. …Underhill was followed by statements from BP’s partners in the fatal rig, Transocean and Halliburton, who also slammed BP. The dead rig workers “put too much trust in BP and paid for that trust with their lives,” said Transocean attorney Brad Brian.”… “A safety corner cut a day saved was a $1m saved for BP,” said Underhill. ….The civil trial began on Monday in courtroom 268 of the US district court in New Orleans after the apparent collapse of settlement talks over the weekend.  ….Underhill cited an email that will be put into evidence later this week from BP’s well team leader John Guy to David Sims, drilling and completions operations manager, in Houston just days before the 20 April 2010, disaster. Underhill said the “extraordinary document … explains why 11 men needlessly lost their lives”. On 17 April, Guy told Sims that BP’s well site leaders “were at wits’ end” and there was a “huge level of paranoia that was riding chaos”. The well was proving impossible and they were “trying to make sense of all the insanity”. “The operation is not going to succeed if we continue in this manner,” he warned.”

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