October 28th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Probe: BP, Halliburton knew of well cement problem

Oil giant BP and Halliburton knew of potential flaws in the cement slurry used to reinforce the oil well below the Deepwater Horizon rig before it exploded in April, according to a letter Thursday from the lead investigator for a federal probe of the Gulf oil disaster.

The letter from Fred Bartlit Jr. to the National Commission on BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling said tests in February on a cement slurry similar to what was used on the Macondo well showed instability.

According to the letter, the cement was poured to stabilize the well on April 19 and 20, the day of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig above that killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

"Halliburton and BP both had results in March showing that a very similar foam slurry design to the one actually pumped at the Macondo well would be unstable, but neither acted upon that data," the letter said.

"Halliburton (and perhaps BP) should have considered redesigning the foam slurry before pumping it at the Macondo well," the letter continued.

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  1. Kurtz

    You understand, Captain, that this mission does not exist, nor will it ever exist...

    October 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 29, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    Oh well.
    jim
    Sorry, I couldn't resist. If people knew beforehand they should held accountable just as any one of us would be. Wait, any one of you would be.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Oh well.
    jim
    Sorry, I couldn't resist. If people knew beforehand they should be held accountable just as any one of us would be. Wait, any one of you would be.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurtz

      There are two of you, don't you see?

      October 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    This could get interesting as Halliburton has more control of the gov't that the American voters do.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bond James Bond

    so does wal-mart. You did'nt actually think they put safety first, after all the millions they spent lobbying aginst such "unrealistic senarios", many, many, safety factors were skirted here, if you knew it all thus was more likely to happen then not.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurtz

      Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding! Get you a case of beer for that one.

      October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. thinker

    Halliburton, another example of Dick "satan" Cheney's company making tons of money at other peoples expense. Oh! but wait! Cheney is a member of the more "Christian" Party right. He would never do something like allow an oil spill to ruin 1/3 of Americas coast line and devastate thousands of lives, nor would he sit as a decision-maker on weather or not we should go to war while having ties to a company that stands to benefit greatly with military and construction contracts if we do go to war? Oh no! not the vice president who is a memeber of the party who focus on "family values". Excuse me while I puke. All the dumb sheep who follow him get what they deserve.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurtz

      I wish I had words, man. I wish I had words...

      October 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bond James Bond

    he.ll yeah, i still dont get america, we elected 2 oil men to run the most enegy consuming country, and then re-elect them, i wish i had words,phukin ponderous man!

    October 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bond James Bond

    thinker, man you said it well, if it were another company cheeney would of brought the hammer down! He's not about to let someone else capatalize on his war, all that lying, and all those bigshots at the c.i.a. Retiring early with "no comment" on why, some were there for a very long time. It was said that cheeney paid more "visits" to their headquarters, than all other v.p.'s in past combined. You could tell they were biting their lips. When the truth started coming out, there was alot of friction at that time, they had no one to throw under the bus

    October 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ace in AZ

    Cheney and Bush both should have been impeached for dozens of their decisions – Halliburton should be FORCED to
    pay back the US taxpayers for every dime they fraudently bilked us – Is there not conflict of interest here from Cheney
    and Haliburton against the US? No wonder the Taliban wants to destroy our systems, we give them all their ammo for
    free , but of course no one will admit to that truth.

    October 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chill

    What else is new. Until the majority of Americans pull their heads out of where the sun don't shine we will be reading the same chapter in the book all over again. Wait! Where have we heard a similar story? Let's go a few pages back.

    October 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. duke

    To think,that there are people dumb enough to vote the people in office who are gonna make it much easier for team haliburton and xe(blackwater)to get away with murder all over again!
    Americans truly suffer from ADD if they allow this to happen!!

    October 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ace

    I dnt understand how ppl let them get back into office either bush dnt talk bout anything anybody else be talkin bout hmmmmm thats a reconizer and he was real fast to go to war and then win we in war how is it we didnt look for obl we was lookin fo sudan wow what happend with the main reason we went over there and another thing bp n who ever else alls i have to say is sad n unfair o plus fu-cked up wow

    October 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CBR

    Haliburton in the news again. What a huge surprise. The questions remains – will they finally have to answer for their incompetence or will the government roll over one again and let them off the hook.

    The governors of the states where the oil spill was the worst do not deem it necessary to talk about Haliburton and the part they played in this disaster. Is it because they are Republicans and only want to blame Democrats for the problem.

    The blame game continues.

    October 31, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JONESY

    I don't think any of us know who is really running this country. I believe it is top CIA, and military people working and retired. Military, retired, then lobbyist, then head of large security corps. When will we the American people realize that wars are started by people that want to get rich ! These large companies that are in the middle east raping the AMERICAN TAXPAYERS are the problem. We are loosing our solders so big shots can make millions. The guy that started Blackwater was a retired general. The second year into the gulf war his salary was 24 million ! WE the people really need to take control.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. capnmike

    Ah yes...Good Old Halliburton, the Darling of the Republicans...and the stupid voters have once again put these criminals back in control of the House. You can expect more chicanery, more lies, more corruption, and more tax cuts and breaks for the rich while the rest of us lose. Oh yeah, and they'll find a way to blame it on Obama too.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |