BSEE: Gulf Well Supervisor Charged with False Statements to Inspectors

Race Addington, a resident of Houston, Texas, is being charged by the United States Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Louisiana in a two-count Bill of Information for making false statements to inspectors at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) about blowout testing on an offshore oil and gas platform, BSEE said in a news brief this week.

Addington, a well site supervisor for a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is said to have fabricated a blowout preventer pressure test chart and presented it to BSEE inspectors back on or about Nov. 27, 2012, to receive a passing test so the inspectors would not find the platform to be in non-compliance for failing to properly test the blowout preventer system, BSEE said.

The organization said it will work with Department of Justice officials and other federal agencies to ensure those “who falsify records on the integrity of critical safety components are held accountable for their actions. “

On Dec. 6, 2012, during an investigation of the integrity of the blowout preventer test, Addington allegedly lied to BSEE investigators by telling them that they had retrieved the wrong chart from the files, while knowing that he had given them a  blowout preventer pressure test chart he “fabricated and personally presented the chart to inspectors as the actual test record for the platform’s blowout preventer system,” according to a statement released this week by the U. S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Addington could face a maximum imprisonment of 5 years per count and/or a maximum fine of $250,000 per count.

In a statement released this week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the office said that “only six out of seven blowout preventer components had been tested, and the blowout preventer chart was not signed or dated by any representative on the platform.”

Additional details are unavailable from BSEE and the Department of Justice at this time.

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