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Mud activities made tech uncomfortable on BP rig

4 years ago December 07, 2010 Dec 7, 2010 Tuesday, December 07 2010 Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:57:19 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brian Waldrep

A technician responsible for monitoring gas levels said he never considered using his authority to stop work on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig, even though mud-moving activities in the hours before the blast made him uncomfortable.

Joseph Keith, who works for a unit of Halliburton, told federal investigators Tuesday that the BP wellsite leader and mud engineers onboard would have been in a better position to assess whether work should have stopped.

An explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon on April 20 killed 11 men and led to more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing from the well.

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