September 12, 2011 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: More Lawsuits Over the Deepwater Horizon Spill – Halliburton Sues BP

Here’s a quote from a story in Hydrocarbon Processing:

Halliburton on Thursday filed claims against BP in Texas state court for negligent misrepresentation, business disparagement and defamation related to the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20, 2010.”


These allegations are based upon BP providing Halliburton with inaccurate information prior to performing cementing services on April 19, 2010, and BP’s use of and omission of that information in subsequent public statements, filings and governmental investigations, according to Halliburton officials.

Halliburton said it learned that BP provided Halliburton inaccurate information about the actual location of hydrocarbon zones in the Macondo well.

Seems to me that it’s much easier to prevent an accident by using advanced root cause analysis to learn from operating experience than it is to litigate after an major accident. Maybe that should be the #1 lesson from the tragic Deepwater Horizon accident.

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