Posted: Dec 7, 2010 8:19 AM by Nichole Larkey
HOUSTON (AP) - A federal panel investigating the cause of the rig explosion that set off the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill is set to question more BP and Transocean officials about the disaster.
The panel also was expected to hear from two technicians known as mud loggers, who use an assortment of electronic instruments to monitor the drill bit for traces of oil or gas and check for concentrations of hydrocarbons in the drilling mud. Mud loggers are
supposed to notify other personnel on a rig when gas levels may be reaching dangerous levels.
The sixth series of hearings before the panel - which consists of officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement - is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Houston.