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BP Admits “Fundamental Mistake” Before Oil Rig Explosion

HeadlineMay 26, 2010

The oil giant BP has admitted it proceeded with work on the underwater oil well in the Gulf of Mexico shortly before last month’s explosion despite warning signs of a major problem. In a briefing to lawmakers, BP said it may have made a “fundamental mistake” in its work on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the hours before the explosion. BP faces a pivotal day today as it attempts a so-called “top kill” maneuver to choke off the gushing oil by pumping heavy drilling mud and cement into the mile-deep well. On Tuesday, the eleven workers who died in the rig explosion were remembered at a memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi. Chris Rivers, who runs a company that employed some of the workers, was among those to speak.

Chris Rivers: “These men were brave and courageous. We make too little of achievements in technology these days. We make too much of people who get their name in lights or on a scoreboard. We forget that some jobs require a little bit more inside than others. These exceptional men had that little bit more inside. These men are heroes, all eleven of them.”

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