Testimony at oil spill trial faults BP response – USA Today

 

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Civil engineering professor Robert Bea is an expert witness for plaintiffs’ attorneys in the trial focusing on BP’s response to the April 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He testified Tuesday that BP didn’t spend any money before the Deepwater Horizon disaster to develop technology for controlling a deep-water blowout. At the time of the Macondo blowout, the company’s oil spill response plan simply called for assembling a team of experts to assess the situation while drilling a relief well to halt the flow of oil. "This is a ‘think about it when it happens’ plan," he said. During cross-examination by a BP lawyer, Bea acknowledged that other offshore operators had virtually identical plans for responding to a spill, and that they didn’t have capping stacks suitable for deep-water usage either.

 

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