Report Warns Deepwater Horizon Could Happen Again

Report Warns Deepwater Horizon Could Happen Again

Posted: Updated:
HOUSTON, Texas - Terrifying images from four years ago lead to a scary conclusion--this can happen again.

"Because the same conditions of differential pressure could occur at other rigs even a crew successfully shuts in a well," says a narrator summarizing the Chemical Safety Board’s report.  This video from the CSB summarizes their exhaustive 100 page report.  Investigators say they learned something called effective compression slightly bent the drill pipe.

“This large difference in pressure likely caused the drill pipe to buckle essentially bending the pipe off center in the blowout preventer,” says the video.  The misalignments lead to fail-safes failing.  They also discovered two solenoids that were supposed to fire in the event the BOP lost contact with the rig weren't wired properly.  Those solenoids only engaged by accident.

“Because the drill pipe was cut and off center and only partially cut with the failure of this there was nothing to stop the destruction of the rig,” says the video.  Investigators say blowout preventers are inspected all the time but their latent safety features are often ignored.

“This results in potential safety gaps in us offshore operations and leaves open the possibility of another catastrophic accident,” says CSB Team Lead Cheryl MacKenzie.  Investigators say more oversight is needed to ensure oil companies always plan for the worst case scenario.

“So it's not a change that can happen overnight, some of the changes crews can do to prevent effective compression can start tomorrow, says CSB Investigator Mary Beth Mulcahey.  You can check out the CSB’s full reports here.  They are not light reading.  You can check out their extremely well produced video summary here. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:36:02 GMT
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
  • Paddling for a Cure

    Paddling for a Cure

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:08:17 GMT
    Two young men who are raising money to fight diabetes ended a 1,000 mile journey in the Mobile River Delta Sunday.
    Two young men who are raising money to fight diabetes ended a 1,000 mile journey in the Mobile River Delta Sunday.
  • Bengals Put QB McCarron on Injured List

    Bengals Put QB McCarron on Injured List

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 18:28:09 GMT
    The Cincinnati Bengals put quarterback AJ McCarron on the injury list Saturday as they got down to the 53-man roster limit, making the fifth-round pick ineligible to practice for the first six weeks of the season.
    The Cincinnati Bengals put quarterback AJ McCarron on the injury list Saturday as they got down to the 53-man roster limit, making the fifth-round pick ineligible to practice for the first six weeks of the season.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.