Friday, October 29, 2010

Halliburton has admitted that it skipped a crucial test on the final formulation of cement used to seal the BP oil well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Press Association, Halliburton - which was BP's cementing contractor - increased the amount of a critical ingredient in the cement mix at the last minute and did not carry out a stability test on the new blend.

The cement's failure to prevent oil and gas from entering the Deepwater Horizon well was one of the causes of the April 20 disaster which killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in US history.

Halliburton made the admission in a six-page statement issued in response to findings by US president Barack Obama's oil spill commission.

Commission investigators said that tests performed before the blowout should have raised doubts about the cement used to seal the well.

Halliburton is the world's second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people.

Guess who used to be CEO of Halliburton?: Mr 'War Profiteer' himself, Dick Cheney!


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