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Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar, who is a defendant in Abbott’s lawsuit along with the Minerals Management Service and its director, said in a June 11 court filing that federal regulators are about 10 percent done with an “exhaustive investigation’’ into Atlantis’s documentation. He said the probe would be finished within three months and submitted to Congress.
Sensitive plans for the BP Atlantis rig in the Gulf of Mexico never received proper BP engineering approvals, leaving the deepwater oil and gas operation at risk of disaster, a former contractor for the facility says.
"The overwhelming majority of documents and drawings had never received any engineering approval at any phase of development," Kenneth W. Abbott, who was fired in February 2009, says in testimony prepared for delivery Thursday to a House subcommittee.
Abbott reported the issue to the Interior Department and filed a lawsuit under a federal whistleblower law.
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Originally posted by HunkaHunka
reply to post by Geeky_Bubbe
whoa... they don't even have proper engineering drawings which accurately reflect the way the RIG is built!?
Very interesting testimony of Kenneth Abbot...
“We have evidence that Atlantis is unsafe and is in danger of creating an even worse spill than the one caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion,” Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch’s executive director in Washington, said today in a statemen