BP Investigation Notes Read at Joint Hearings

John Guide, BP wells team leader, answered questions during the Deepwater Horizon joint investigation hearings held Thursday, July 22, at the Radisson Hotel in Kenner, La.

A top BP official on the Deepwater Horizon rig at the time of the massive explosions April 20 questioned why company executives in Houston combined two processes on their troubled well, suggesting the bosses were trying to “save time.”

“They decided we should do displacement (of protective drilling mud with seawater) and the negative test together; I don’t know why,” BP company man Robert Kaluza told internal BP investigators after the accident, according to notes from those investigators.

“Maybe they were trying to save time. At the end of the well sometimes they think about speeding up.”

That’s how the investigators’ notes were read Thursday by Houston maritime lawyer, Steve Gordon during Marine Board investigative hearings in Kenner. [B]Read more[/B].