posted on Nov, 1 2010 @ 11:27 PM
Sorry to pee on your lynch mob, but I worked in the drilling industry, and here's how this kind of thing goes down:
The producing company (BP) makes all calls on every aspect of the well creation, from what drillbits to use to the type of casing to the cement blend.
In known production field wells like I worked, the cementers generally showed up with a mix plan, but as a formality it was run by the production
company boss for approval anyhow.
On an exploratory well drilling in deep water there is absolutely no way in hell BP would just hand over the cement job engineering to a
subcontractor. Halliburton's guys went out there to mix cement and pump it down, that's it. When BP said good to go, Halliburton was released.
When things were looking bad, Halliburton told BP what was up. BP made the call to let it ride. A subcontractor has absolutely zero authority to call
a job good in someone else's wellsite. Should Halliburton have whistleblown right away? Maybe, but you can be damned sure if they did, work would be
pretty scarce for Halliburton crews. It's a relatively small industry where most of the upper management players have worked together at some point
in their careers.
So while Halliburton is arguably a son of a bee-otch of a company, it's not the guys in the field pouring cement for Halliburton that are to
blame...Essentially it's the way the entire industry does business, with a priority on saving money and speeding through processes as fast as