Oil Spill Crude Disaster

Oct 4, 2010 4:20 PM

Salvage Executive Claims BP Interfered With Critical Efforts to Stop Oil

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - An executive at a salvage firm says BP
interfered with critical efforts to lower an undersea robot to try
to close the device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico
oil spill.
Doug Martin, president of Smit Salvage Americas, says the oil
giant was concerned about heat buildup from the burning Deepwater
Horizon rig. Martin's company was hired to help try to save the rig
after it exploded.
Martin told a federal investigative panel Monday that in the
hours after the April 20 disaster, he thought it was important to
quickly get the robot into the water so engineers could choke off
the oil.
But, Martin said, BP officials discussed calculating how the
heat from the fire would impact the boat that was to launch the
robot. He said he believed that it was a waste of time.

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