Monday, June 14, 2010

Obama Returns to the Gulf Coast: Confidential BP Documents Suggest it Neglected Safety

In the video embedded, President Barack Obama speaks to residents of Alabama today and says some folks will be frustrated and others will be angry, but he promises life will get back to normal along the Gulf Coast, which had been severely impacted by what's called "the worst environmental disaster" in the nation's history. The president has given BP until midnight tonight to come up with a new oil containment plan. The New York Times published an article today about the chaos surrounding stopping the oil leak. The Huffington Post reports that a BP engineer called the Deep Horizon a ""nightmare well" days before the blast." This information came out in documents stamped confidential released today. You can see in the BP memo exchange below that engineer Brian P. Morel made the comment on April 14.

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig: BP E-mail Calls It 'Nightmare Well' -

Chaotic is also the word workers have suggested describes the night of April 20 when the Deep Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf. The "nightmare well" documents support the story one worker told CNN's Anderson Cooper last week, which was he heard a BP official arguing with Transocean official before the explosion demanding that he take shortcut measures to get the well pumping oil again.

BP has promised to set up a "massive" victims compensation fund. Obama plans to address the nation tomorrow night, Tuesday, from the Oval Office.

See all oil spill posts at this blog here. The related post published immediately prior to this one is "CNN's Fareed Zakaria says focus on Obama's emotions is crazy."

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