Macondo Workers Broke With Oilfield Practices, Expert Says

Law360, New York (March 6, 2013, 6:44 PM EST) -- BP PLC and Transocean Ltd.’s failure to act on signals that the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was about to suffer a blowout represented a “gross and extreme” departure from industry practices, a drilling expert testified Wednesday during trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Richard Heenan, a drilling consultant, said rig workers from both companies inexplicably misread a critical well safety test in the hours before the April 20, 2010, explosion and blowout, which killed 11 men and caused an oil spill of...
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