Halliburton Skipped Crucial Test Prior to Gulf Blowout

Halliburton Co. admitted on October 28 to skipping an important check on the cement used to seal the BP oil well. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon experienced a blowout, killing 11 workers and injuring another 17, and leading to the worst oil spill in the history of US offshore oil exploration.

According to information released by the Obama Administration’s oil spill commission, tests conducted prior to the blowout revealed that the cement used in the sealing of the well was unstable. Halliburton was contracted to do the cement work for BP.

Numerous recent reports found that the cement cap’s failure to prevent oil and gas seepage may have been the ultimate cause for the blowout and the subsequent tragic disaster that sent as many as 10 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Halliburton issued a statement on Thursday admitting that a final stability test had not been conducted on the cement, although it alleged that BP had authorized the addition of another ingredient at the last minute.

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