In Too Deep

Arrested in Azerbaijan, investigative reporter Greg Palast, who learned a few things from Maxwell Smart, managed to keep his hidden-camera pen. He also learned about ‘quick-dry, quick-kill’ cement. Baku, bribes, blowouts, blow-back, bandits, British Intelligence, bad cement, and backhanders; Caspian loot, false testimony, hugger-mugger, and keeping schtum. It’s all here.

On 20 April 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 40 miles (64 km) away.[12] The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on 22 April 2010, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the seabed and causing the largest oil spill in U.S. waters.

—Deepwater Horizon, Wikimedia

Platform supply vessels surround the Deepwater Horizon. Multiple Coast Guard units rescued the crew, but 11 workers were unaccounted for. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

At the time of the explosion, there were 126 crew on board; seven were employees of BP, 79 of Transocean, there were also employees of various other companies involved in the operation of the rig, including Anadarko, Halliburton and M-I SWACO. Eleven workers were presumed killed in the initial explosion. The rig was evacuated, with injured workers airlifted to medical facilities. After approximately 36 hours, Deepwater Horizon sank on 22 April 2010.

Deepwater Horizon, Wikimedia
And there is a follow-up on the BP story, by Greg Palast.
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