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BREAKING: Whistleblower Claims That BP Was Aware Of Cheating On Blowout Preventer Tests!!!

 
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Whistleblower Claims That BP Was Aware Of Cheating On Blowout Preventer Tests

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As the federal and congressional probes continue into the causes of the Gulf oil rig explosion, new information is coming to light about the failure of a key device, the blowout preventer, to shut off the gushing well, which could have prevented the growing catastrophe.

And new questions are being raised about the testing of the preventers. At today's hearing before a House subcommittee, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., revealed that the blowout preventer had a leak in a crucial hydraulic system and had failed a negative pressure test just hours before the April 20 explosion. And at a hearing in Louisiana on Tuesday, the government engineer who gave oil giant BP the final approval to drill admitted that he never asked for proof that the preventer worked.

In addition, an oil industry whistleblower told Huffington Post that BP had been aware for years that tests of blowout prevention devices were being falsified in Alaska. The devices are different from the ones involved in the Deepwater Horizon explosion but are also intended to prevent dangerous blowouts at drilling operations.

Mike Mason, who worked on oil rigs in Alaska for 18 years, says that he observed cheating on blowout preventer tests at least 100 times, including on many wells owned by BP.

As he describes it, the test involves a chart that shows whether the device will hold a certain amount of pressure for five minutes on each valve. (The test involves increasing the pressure from 250 pounds per square-inch (psi) to 5,000 psi.) "Sometimes, they would put their finger on the chart and slide it ahead -- so that it only recorded the pressure for 30 seconds instead of 5 minutes," he tells HuffPost.

Mason claims that a BP representative was usually present while subcontractors performed the tests.

The 48-year-old veteran oil worker claims that in the oil industry, particularly at BP, "the culture is basically safety procedures are shoved down your throat and then they look the other way when it's convenient for them." He claims that oil operators often wouldn't report spills and that when he spilled chemical fluid in 2003, he was told by his superiors not to report it. Mason, who now runs a small operation hauling freight in the Alaskan bush and owns guest cabins, says he was fired by a drilling company in 2006 after he wrote a letter to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News to condemn the firm for incorporating overseas and thereby avoiding taxes.

Mason and another oil worker provided sworn statements in a 2003 lawsuit that rig supervisors "routinely falsified reports to show equipment designed to prevent blowouts was passing state-mandated performance tests," reported the Wall Street Journal in 2005.

Mason was interviewed by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2005 during a probe into allegations that Nabors Drilling, a subcontractor to BP, falsified such tests, among other claims that BP failed to report blowouts at the massive Prudhoe Bay oil field. The probe was spurred by oil industry critic Charles Hamel, who forwarded his allegation to then-Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Hamel claims that BP is at fault for the falsification because "Nabors had nothing to gain by shortening the time because they got paid, and BP rep was on rig at all times." He adds that BP was the beneficiary of a falsified test, claiming that the company rushes work and cuts corners to save money.

Hamel sent a letter to Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, in advance of Wednesday's hearing into the Gulf oil rig disaster, urging him to ask BP about the falsification claims:

"You and your fellow Committee members may wish to require BP to explain what action was ultimately instituted to cease the practice of falsifying BOP tests at BP Prudhoe drilling rigs. It was a cost saving but dangerous practice, again endangering the BP workforce, until I exposed it to Senator Ted Stevens, the EPA, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission."
After a four-month-long investigation, the commission in Alaska found that a single Nabors employee "violated rules regarding testing of blowout prevention equipment ("BOPE") on Rig 9ES by falsifying test results with a practice referred to as "chart spinning." The AOGCC proposed a $10,000 cost assessment on Nabors to reimburse it for the expenses incurred during the investigation.

As part of the probe, BP officials were interviewed, says AOGCC investigator Jim Regg, but the company was not assessed any costs or found to have committed any violations in its role as operator of the well. The commission did not find any evidence of the other allegations regarding BP. A spokesperson for BP did not return repeated calls for comment.

AOGCC commissioner Cathy Foerster explains that investigators didn't find widespread evidence of such falsification at oil drilling operations, calling it "an isolated incident" and adding, "It cost the state $50-60,000 and all that came of it was this poor kid got fired."

Foerster, who said that the commission is funded through a surcharge assessed on oil operators, dismissed industry critic Hamel's allegations regarding malfeasance in the oil industry: "It's a light breeze and he declares a Category 5 hurricane." She added that there is usually a "shred of truth" to his claims, before warning that reporters who misrepresent her comments could face "legal ramifications."

Hamel, who is on the board of the Project on Government Oversight and formerly worked as an oil trader, has a long history with BP -- the company was forced to pay more than $1 billion in safety-related improvements to the 800-mile Alaska pipeline as a results of investigations prompted by Hamel.

Alyeska Pipeline, he company, which operated the pipeline on behalf of BP, responded by hiring a private security firm, Wackenhut, to conduct surveillance on Hamel in the 1990s.

"They tapped my phone at my home in Alexandria, Virginia, had keys to my house -- I discovered that they went into my house twice," he says. And he claims that they sent a group to follow him up in Alaska, including a woman dressed provocatively who tried to get him into a hotel room with her.

A congressional hearing was called to examine the spying of Hamel and Wackenhut later settled a lawsuit filed by Hamel. And Alyeska apologized to him in full-page newspaper ads.

"These oil interests are very powerful -- they will stop at nothing to stop you."

[link to www.huffingtonpost.com]
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Oh you knew this was coming. There will be more. All they have to do is shake the cage a bit more
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bastards ... so totally sick of this
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bastards ... so totally sick of this
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This was a crime against humanity
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bastards ... so totally sick of this


This was a crime against humanity
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and animals and planet earth....
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worked for companies that have done just that, chart spinning.
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Why am I not surprised ... the people responsible should end up in the same jail that watermen are held.
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Not being ignorant and not believing anything I hear, didn't BP just come clean last week that the BOP failed "hours" before the tragedy? If this is the case and it was a freak accident, then I'll just be really sad. On the other hand, if they've been falsifying tests and they knew this piece of equip wouldn't work then PISSED isn't a strong enough word for what the world will feel...I say oil enemas for everyone involved that knew if tests had been false.
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bastards ... so totally sick of this


This was a crime against humanity


and animals and planet earth....
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Second that, crimes against the planet.
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Why am I not surprised ... the people responsible should end up in the same jail that watermen are held.
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And damn near every cent they've made applied to the cleanup...and then some.
"And though I believe in the ineffable glory of God, and though I might have experienced the undeniable reality of the Deity, and though I may know the secrets of the ages, these do not fulfill the Love in my heart. But to Change and Be and Do and dissolve both the subject of my person and the object of my God into the fluency of Empirical Providence. The Way, the Truth, and the Life."
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We should all pray that the whistleblower does not mysteriously disappear, get hit by a semi, drive to a remote bridge over a fast river and tie his own hands behind his back and jump in, or shoot himself in the head...
just sayin......
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I am literally sick to my stomach

I literally want to fucking STRANGLE somebody right now!

How do these people sleep at night?

The breadth and depth and height of human greed knows no bounds
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On Election night a while back - He Said:



"Replace ALL Politicians with CEOs.

They know how to get things done."



Imagine that CEOs Directly Running things.

STUPID, RIGHT???

Politicians are the necessary Evil to Protect CEOs -

while Pretending to Represent us USELESS EATERS.

That's what they Really think of us - USELESS EATERS!!!

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On Election night a while back - He Said:



"Replace ALL Politicians with CEOs.

They know how to get things done."



Imagine that CEOs Directly Running things.

STUPID, RIGHT???

Politicians are the necessary Evil to Protect CEOs -

while Pretending to Represent us USELESS EATERS.

That's what they Really think of us - USELESS EATERS!!!

Daniel


:mission:
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true.
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"(The test involves increasing the pressure from 250 pounds per square-inch (psi) to 5,000 psi.)"

I don't think they were describing a test on the Deepwater Horizon well, but it makes me wonder exactly how many psi's these BOP's are designed to withstand. I know that estimates of the PSI for the gulf spill are much higher than 5,000.
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Its all fun and games until cap and tax gets passed and BP gets slapped with a huge carbon credit bill and they file bankruptcy and the US bails them out with our money...
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Why am I not surprised ... the people responsible should end up in the same jail that watermen are held.
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Didn't they hang that guy in China who made poison babyfood?
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Now we know why the BP execs were having a party on that platform.
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bastards ... so totally sick of this


This was a crime against humanity


and animals and planet earth....
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Why am I not surprised ... the people responsible should end up in the same jail that watermen are held.



Didn't they hang that guy in China who made poison babyfood?
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They won't kill the R family, will they?
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[link to www.miamiherald.com]

Page 2 from link:

Oil spill probe: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer
By MARIA RECIO, DAVE MONTGOMERY AND MARK WASHBURN
McClatchy Newspapers
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"There was no reason for this accident - this tragedy - to have happened and so I absolutely want them to get to the bottom of what didn't work, make sure it doesn't happen again," he said. "But here in Louisiana, here on the ground, our No. 1 priority is protecting our way of life, protecting our coast, and we've got to be completely 100 percent focused on that."

Who ordered the alterations in the blowout preventer, the 500,000 pound mass of gears and hydraulic valves that sits atop an underwater well and is intended to snap the pipe if disaster threatens, was the subject of dispute at Wednesday's hearing.

Transocean, the owner of the blowout preventer and of the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig, said any alterations would have come at BP's instigation; BP, which owns the well and hired Transocean to drill it, said it had never sought the changes.

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, said the changes prevented BP's from activating a "variable bore ram" intended to close tight around the pipe and seal it.

"When they investigated why their attempts failed to activate the bore ram," Stupak said of BP engineers, "they learned that the device had been modified. A useless test ram - not the variable bore ram - had been connected to the socket that was supposed to activate the variable bore ram."

"An entire day's worth of precious time had been spent engaging rams that closed the wrong way."

Stupak said BP officials told subcommittee investigators that "after the accident, they asked Transocean for drawings of the blowout preventer."

"Because of the modifications, the drawings they received didn't match the structure on the ocean floor," Stupak said. "BP said they wasted many hours figuring this out."

The failed pressure test caused Waxman to question the work of a third company, Halliburton, which was contracted to pour concrete around the well's pipe and cap it.

Waxman said that the well was tested multiple times on the day of the explosion to ensure its integrity.

It passed one set of so-called positive pressure tests in fluids were injected in the well to increase pressure to monitor whether the well remains stable.

It failed, however, a negative pressure test, in which fluid inside the well is reduced to see whether gas leaks into the well through the cement or casing.

It was this test - made after Halliburton had cemented the well at 12:35 a.m. on April 20, the day of the accident - that the system failed, Waxman said.

Another test showed high pressure in the main well pipe but zero pressure in two other connecting lines, a sign, Waxman said, that gas was leaking into pipe.

What happened next, Waxman said, is "murky." BP attorneys say the well passed subsequent tests and at 8 p.m. the company resumed removing heavy and costly drilling lubricants known as mud from the well.

The well blew about an hour and a half later when a huge mass of methane gas burst up the pipe, engulfed the rig and exploded into flames.

On Tuesday, Frank Patton, a drilling engineer for the government's Mineral Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, told a separate inquiry in Kenner, La., that drilling mud "is the most important thing in safety for your well."

He said that any alteration to the blowout preventer would have required both BP and MMS approval.

On Wednesday, Coast Guard inspectors testified at Kenner that regulations for offshore drilling rigs largely date to 1978 and have not kept pace with technological advances.

"The pace of the technology has outrun the current regulations," Lt. Cmdr. Michael Odom told the joint panel of the Coast Guard and U.S. Minerals Management Service investigating the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Odom, who inspected the Deepwater Horizon in July 2009, said the Coast Guard regulations date to an era when offshore drilling was closer to the coastline and not as industrially complex as now.

(McClatchy correspondent Recio reported from Washington, Montgomery, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reported from Houston and Washburn, of the Charlotte Observer, reported from Kenner, La., Contributing to this story were McClatchy Newspapers correspondent Erika Bolstad from Washington, Marc Caputo, of The Miami Herald, from Venice, La., and Daniel Chang and Jennifer Lebovich of The Miami Herald from Miami.)
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Kinda looks like the 3 Stooges at work -

But this AIN'T Funny at ALL!!!

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Mother Fuckers, take them out of our fucking country, no contracts in Alaska, Gulf, or anywhere that we (US) can keep them from drilling, piping, pissing, ect.

Time for a freaking boycott of these bastards, let's get them out of US, period.