Unqualified Opinion - Literally

According to the Times Picayune, David Jones, counsel for Cameron, and Richard Godfrey, representing BP, have provided some strong reasons to be skeptical of Det Norske Veritas' report on what caused the blowout preventer to fail.

During hearings held yesterday by the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation in Metairie, LA, some key reasons to doubt the findings from DNV that were brought to light include:

  • The computer model used by examiners at DNV (to support findings that allege BOP failure due to shear rams inability to cut bent and shifted drill pipe) represented an impossibility. Under cross examination by Jones, Neil Thompson of DNV admitted that the model placement, showing the drill pipe inside the wall of the BOP, was an error.
  • Thompson, the project manager for DNV, also acknowledged that he had "never laid eyes on a blowout preventer" prior to his examination of the DWH's BOP.
  • The DNV's assumptions about which valves of the BOP were closed contradict the testimony of surviving rig hands.
  • The pipe that was bent according to computer models was found to be straight under direct observation.

Rigzone Commentary:

What we find even more interesting than these disputed facts is that the major news media outlets either are not running this story or are burying these facts at the end of articles and thus downplaying the importance.

Clearly, this investigation is being run in a manner seeking to fulfill the current political agendas and aren't truly interested in determining how to make this industry safer.


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