Commission Cites Halliburton For Lax Pre Oil-Spill Tests

BP insisted that the blowout and resulting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico wasn’t all its fault, and the government agrees.

The Huffington Post reports the presidential oil spill commission cited Halliburton for recommending a faulty cement mixture that failed to prevent oil and gas from entering the well responsible for the April 20 incident that killed 11 workers and caused the spill that devastated the gulf.

The mix of foam slurry to seal the bottom of the well caused the blowout. Halliburton conducted four tests on the mixture and only the last one — apparently a false positive — found that it would hold.

The story said Halliburton was reviewing the findings and BP had no comment.

Halliburton Cited By Oil Spill Commission For Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Blowout [Huffington Post]


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  1. BobOki says:

    Junk in, junk out… that’s Halliburton for you, the cheapest company in America.

  2. grapedog says:

    Of course, being in the governments back pocket, whatever fine they receive, they’ll get a job bid somewhere in the world that will more than cover the costs of any fine they receive.

  3. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Cue everyone who said it was all BP’s fault before, now saying of course it was partly, if not all, Haliburton’s fault, because they __________.

    It was a cascade failure. Things that every other company as well as BP does just happened to occur in a specific order that resulted in this disaster. It’s not any one companies fault, which is why the law allows for partial blame, even on the victim when deciding cases in the real world. If only the court of public opinion was as enlightened.

    • punkrawka says:

      All of which is going to be extra-hilarious in light of last night’s “Captain Hindsight” South Park episode.

    • speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

      It’s Halliburton’s fault, and it’s STILL BP’s fault. Halliburton’s, for deliberately falsifying data and general sloppy sign-offs, and BP’s for rubber-stamping the use of the seal compound without reviewing the test data to make certain it was the right compound for the job. Really, BP just took Halliburton’s word for it that it was the right compound for THAT PARTICULAR WELL? I think bloody goddamned well NOT. Not, that is, unless criminal negligence happened on a scale comparable to… oh, let’s say bombing a country based on weapons of mass destruction that were not proven to have ever been there.

      I think each company should be held, what’s the phrase… “jointly and severally liable”. Both of them should be held potentially responsible for the entire damages. It’s all kind of like the law students’ exam question where a guy gets poisoned (presumably a dose in excess of that which could eventually kill him) by his bought woman for the evening so she can roll him for his wallet, and after he collapses in the motel parking lot sick and dying, her pimp accidentally runs over him in his limo and finishes the job. The legal question is who is actually liable for his death… the guy for engaging in dangerous behavior, the prostitute for poisoning him (presumably a fatal dose), the pimp for owning and directing the car that ran him over, or the limo driver for actually driving over him? But I digress.

      Goddammit. I’m trying not to fume and rave. I’m just angry. My butt is sitting in a Houma hotel right now, where I am on a business trip because I work for a company related to the oil industry. The last time I was here was the day the well disaster happened. I had front row seating for the whole thing.

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        The woman of the evening slipped him a substance which will cause impairment which eventually led to his death. That would put her up for, IMHO, involuntary manslaughter . The Pimp is only guilty of vehicular manslaughter, if he knew he was there, but you said accidentally, so he may get off with nothing, as depending on the circumstances, he may have had no warning or ability to see the person in trouble, this was not operating his vehicle in an unsafe manner.

      • sonneillon says:

        I think that this falls under respondeat superior. BP contracted Haliburton so BP is responsible. Just because the scale is huge does not change how things are applied.

  4. RobHoliday says:

    Government: ” Haliburton, you are fined 1 million dollars. Bye the way, here’s the check for 200 million to pay your “sub-contractors”.

    • areaman says:

      Yes, another classic case of Halliburton killing American and getting paid very well to do it. Not because they are above the law, but they just have the laws made so it doesn’t apply to them.

  5. craptastico says:

    is there anything that Halliburton isn’t terrible at?

  6. sirwired says:

    In the interest of completeness, the cement did not “cause” the blowout, at least, not by itself. It was a combination of cement, the well design, safety practices, schedule pressures, the location, etc.

    Large engineering disasters rarely have a single root cause; to believe otherwise leads to the other problems not getting fixed. (This is why we have lost two space shuttles instead of just one; the overall safety management at NASA never got fixed after Challenger, even if the o-ring on the booster was.)

  7. CBenji says:

    Usually when there is a law suit, don’t they assign the blame in percentage points. Like this company was 40% at fault, and that company 60% or something to that effect. That is how if a company is somehow involved way on down in the project, but they have the deepest pockets they still are left holding the damn bill. I wonder who has deeper pockets, Halliburton or BP?

  8. oldwiz65 says:

    They contribute way enough money to the right government agencies so they will get away with pretty much anything.

  9. u1itn0w2day says:

    Hmmm, sort of tight lips and hands off when it comes to BP and the scope of the spill and yet it’s Haliburtons fault the contractor of choice of the previous administration.

    Just like many have pointed out it was a cascade failure or perfect storm of events. I shouldn’t even say perfect storm either for I think this was the result of business as usual. And they got caught. I’m still wondering about all the days that tar balls show up on the south Florida beaches on a regular basis. I think there has been alot more smaller undetected leaks covered up or never reported especially with this dispersant crap.

  10. gman863 says:

    Dick Cheney ran Haliburton before becoming George W. Cunt’s VP.

    Hard to believe, but it appears this there have gotten even worse since he left.

    • gman863 says:

      things there have gotten worse

      (damnit, why can’t Counsumerist add an “edit” button like every other forum site?)