27 Feb '13, 4pm

BP testifies: We knew about ‘big risk’ of explosion #eco #rt #green @EcoJive

U.S. Coast Guard BP knew this could happen before it happened. BP knew. BP didn’t care. The company was aware that there was a “big risk” of an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig before that very disaster unfolded, an executive acknowledged Tuesday in court. “There was a risk identified for a blowout,” Lamar McKay, who was president of BP America at the time of the 2010 explosion, said Tuesday during a civil trial that could see the company forced to fork over tens of billions of dollars in fines and damages to the U.S. government and victims of the oil spill. “The blowout was an identified risk, and it was a big risk, yes.” That’s according to The New York Times . From the article : After the April 2010 spill, internal BP documents showed that the company had struggled with a loss of “well control” in March, after several weeks of problems on the rig. And for mont...

Full article: http://grist.org/business-technology/bp-knew-of-deepwater...

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