MMS shortcomings changed government response to Macondo well oil spill

12/06/2010
Nick SnowWashington EditorThe federal response to crude oil spilling from BP PLC's Macondo well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico involved more experts from the oil and gas industry and from government departments and agencies once it became apparent the US Minerals Management Service's scientific knowledge was limited, according to a new staff working paper prepared for US President Barack Obama's independent oil spill commission.BP started discussing drilling a relief well as early as Apr. 21, a day after the Macondo well blew out and the Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible rig exploded, killing 11 workers, because initial efforts to actuate the well's blowout preventer (BOP) stack did not ...
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