Halliburton Knew Cement at BP Oil Well Failed Three Lab Tests, Report Finds

October 29, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News) – The third time was not the charm last spring when Halliburton performed three consecutive lab tests on the cement foam that it created to temporarily seal BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well, a presidential commission said. After the cement mixture was found “unstable” during the individual tests, Halliburton e-mailed BP about the results of just one of those tests, and both companies moved forward and used the cement anyway, the Washington Post reports.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released its findings yesterday, which said that Halliburton did conduct a fourth test indicating that the cement might be capable of containing the oil, but the commission determined that those results may not have even been available until after the cement was already poured, the Post indicates.

When questioned before a National Academy of Engineering panel last month about the cement used at the well, Halliburton’s vice president for cementing had testified that “all of the testing work that was done by Halliburton in advance of this job indicated that the foam system was stable,” the Post indicates.

The new report concedes that cement alone may not have been the sole cause of the oil spill. Other factors, such as the well design, may have contributed to the disaster as well.


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