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Gulf Oil Spill Result of Faulty Safety Device

Gulf Oil Spill result of faulty safety device per Transocean Employee Tyrone Benton.  BBC News was first to report the possible cause of the massive, estimated 60,000 gallon per day oil leak, caused by an exposion of the BP owned oil rig on April 20, 2010.  

BBC News also maintains that BP insists Transocean is to blame for the resulting explosion and oil leak as Transocean was responsible for operation and maintenance of the blowout preventer. Experts insist that a blowout preventer is the single most important safety device on any oil rig as it was created to prevent oil disasters. The blowout preventer has huge shears designed to cut and seal off an oil well's main pipe.  Control pods act as "brains" of blow out preventers and operate with electronic and hydraulic systems.  Benton maintains that the Transocean rig operated with a faulty blowout preventer which, along with several other factors, contributed to the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.

Benton also insists that Transocean knew about the faulty blowout preventer.  Benton told BBC News: "We saw a leak on the pod, so by seeing the leak we informed the company men.  They have a control room where they could turn off that pod and turn on the other one, so that they don't have to stop production."  Benton went on to report that his immediate supervisor notified BP and Transocean about the leaking pod but was unsure if it was operating at the time of the April 20, 2010 explosion.  Benton further offered that repairing the leaking pod would entail shutting down the rig, costing BP $500,000 per day until it was operating again.  Benton also maintains that at the time of the rig's construction in April 2010: "too many jobs were being done at one time.  It should have just really slowed down and just took one job at a time, to make sure everything was done the way it should have been."

A congressional hearing was held on Friday, June 18, 2010 with executives of BP and members of Congress. House of Representative Henry Waxman (D), leads congressional investigations into the Deepwater Horizon/Transocean Disaster.  Waxman offered: "BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure."  Congress cites major problems with the oil rig, including cement issues performed by Halliburton at the time of construction, design issues, flat batteries, and "unexpected modifications."

Tony Hayward, Chief Executive of BP, insisted at the same congressional hearing "there is nothing I have seen in the evidence so far that suggests that anyone put cost ahead of safety, if there are then we will take action."  Costs related to the spill are growing as quickly as its impact to the environment and economy.  BP estimates costs to range upward of $2 billion dollars. 

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