Must See: CNN Interview with Rig survivors: BP put profit over safety
Survivors tell Anderson Cooper that BP overruled TransOcean’s drill team and ordered cost cutting measures. BP ordered the drillers to use sea water rather than denser drilling mud. The drilling mud is more effective in countering the enormous pressure of the oil and gas coming up the well. As we’ve pointed out in previous posts, a key risk factor in the BP disaster was the enormous pressure and temperature of the oil reservoir located several miles below the bottom of the Gulf. Under these conditions, the last thing you want to do is cut corners.
The interview with the workers is very moving; the five survivors interviewed have been deeply affected by the explosion, their rescue and by the deaths of their 11 co-workers. See the video.
See also CNN’s timeline for the BP disaster