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Deepwater Horizon had 390 past due maintenance items

Posted: 07-19-10Category:

BP identified 390 "past due" maintenance items that needed to be performed on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in a September 2009 audit, a BP attorney said this morning during a public hearing. The items would have required 3,545 man hours to complete and were spelled out in a 30-page report submitted to Transocean, the Swiss-based company that owned the rig, BP attorney Richard Godfrey told a joint investigative panel of the Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Stephen Bertone, Transocean's chief engineer on the Deepwater Horizon, testified that he couldn't recall how many of the items had been addressed prior to the April 20 blowout that killed 11 workers, sank the rig and launched the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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