BP Managers Named Suspects, Placed Under Federal Investigation
July 23, 2010
(Chattahbox) – Two BP officers who were aboard the drilling rig when it exploded have been named suspects in a federal investigation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Robert Kaluza, an employee, and Patrick O’Bryan, a vice president who was in charge of the drilling, are both being investigated for the disastrous oil spill.
Investigators think these officers’ decisions may have led to the explosion. Documents show that employees knew that a crucial ‘deadman’s switch’, which should have triggered a blow-out preventer and shut down the well during the explosion, was non-functional. Additionally, BP had hundreds of power losses, computer crashes, and items that were overdue for maintenance checks leading up to the rig explosion. To date, 16 people have been named suspects in the investigation.
Kaluza has so far refused to testify, and BP declined to comment on the situation.