Thursday, June 17, 2010

Witness statement says bosses knew Gulf oil rig disaster was 'gonna happen': report

Let's see...BP CEO Tony Hayward sells off one-third of his stocks a month before Deep Horizon. Goldman Sachs sells off $250M worth of their stocks in BP weeks before the spill. Now it's mainstream news that BP was well aware of an impending disaster on the rig, but somehow just couldn't bring itself to do anything to prevent it. Nothing suspicious at all here. Just a series of highly improbable coincidences.

    New York Post -

    Jaw-dropping evidence has surfaced that suggests BP's Deepwater Horizon's top managers knew of problems with the rig before it exploded last month -- a disaster at the heart of what has become the worst oil spill in American history, according to a new bombshell report.

    Tony Buzbee, a Texas-based lawyer representing rig workers and fisherman, claims to have obtained a three-page statement from a crew member on the boat that rescued the burning rig's workers.

    Buzbee told motherjones.com that the sailor, who he does not name, was on the ship's bridge when Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell was speaking with someone in Houston on a satellite phone.

    Buzbee said Harrell shouted, "Are you f--king happy? Are you f--ing happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen," according to motherjones.com.

    Other rig workers have claimed that they were pressured by BP and their supervisors to cut corners.

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