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Gulf spill: testimony shows lack of communication

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Posted: Aug 23, 2010 12:23 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2010 4:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, BP, Transocean, Neil Cramond, Coast Guard, Bureau of Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, WBRZ

Testimony at a hearing on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is revealing what may be a lack of communication.

The official in charge of dealing with the risks of BP's offshore Gulf marine operations says he rarely had contact with a key manager with Transocean, the owner of the rig.

But Neil Cramond also says records will show that on a number of occasions he communicated concerns about safety problems to the people who needed to know about them.

Cramond also testified that rig captains, who are ultimately responsible for crew safety, aren't always involved in decisions about how to deal with potential risks.

The Coast Guard and the Bureau of Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement are conducting the investigation.

An April 20th explosion on the rig killed 11 workers and sent 206 million gallons of oil into the sea.

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