Oil Spill

BP Accused of Ignoring Blowout Risk at Deep Water Site

Trial continues


BP Plc (BP/) was warned days before its Gulf of Mexico well exploded that its decision to forgo 15 stabilizers meant the effort to seal gas leaks with cement could result in an increased blowout risk called "channeling," a Halliburton Co. (HAL) witness testified.

Nathaniel Chaisson, Halliburton's cementing services coordinator, testified today in New Orleans federal court as part of a trial to determine fault for the disaster. Chaisson said he reminded BP's well-site leader and drilling engineer that his company recommended 21 stabilizers to center the drill pipe in the well.