UM: Oil Spill

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Halliburton continues to defend its cement work on the oil rig that caused the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton executive Thomas Roth, at a hearing in Washington last week, blamed BP, saying that “BP’s well design and operational decisions compromised well integrity.” UM engineering professor and former navy secretary Donald Winter is chairing the National Academies hearing on the issue, and questioned why Halliburton proceeded if they perceived the well design to be bad: “Why didn’t you pull the red cord?” [Source]