Warning Signs: What Did BP Know?

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A hand covered with crude oil points to an oiled marsh where oil has come ashore May 26, 2010 in Blind Bay, Louisiana. (Win McNamee/Getty)

Internal documents released to The New York Times last week show that BP reported problems mid-March with the undersea well that exploded a month later. However, the company delayed the testing of a critical piece of equipment – the well’s blowout preventer. And some BP engineers expressed concerns about the oil rig's safety as far back as 11 months ago.

Ian Urbina authored an article for The Times exposing BP’s early worries about the oil rig’s safety. He explains what BP knew, when, and examines the response to the emerging safety problems. We also check in with Dean Blanchard, a seafood wholesaler whose early suspicions about BP's negligence have proven to be well-founded.


Dean Blanchard and Ian Urbina

Produced by:

Marine Olivesi

Comments [1]

MK Ultra from Here and now

Aaaah, wasn't that nice of BP to make those reports and publicize them? I guess all is forgiven and forgotten now. Carry on with the disaster!

Jun. 01 2010 09:42 AM

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