News today is that BP and Halliburton were aware that the cement mixture designed to seal the well was unstable, causing the death of 11 people and resulting in the largest offshore oil spill in US history.
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill said documents provided by Halliburton showed at least three tests of the mixture, in February and April, found the recipe wasn't stable. BP received data in MarchHalliburton stocks are tumbling as a result. Couldn't happen to a better company. They cashed in on the Iraq War, so I guess there's justice after all.
from at least one of the tests, the commission staff said.
Legal experts said the information could help to bolster plaintiffs cases in the multitude of spill-related lawsuits by helping to show that BP acted with gross negligence leading up to the spill. This could, among other issues, greatly increase the multibillion-dollar penalties BP might have to pay.