RIGZONE - Unlikely Decisions Set Stage for BP Disaster
API Well No. 60-817-44169 threw up many challenges to its principal owner, BP, swallowing expensive drilling fluid and burping out dangerous gas. Those woes put the Gulf of Mexico project over budget and behind schedule by April 20, the day the well erupted, destroying the Deepwater Horizon rig and killing 11 men.
Cut a few corners, trash the Gulf of Mexico, and maybe the Atlantic too.