Originally posted by Daniel Bates - Mail Online - June 15, 2010
Confidential emails have been released which congressional investigators say prove BP negligently put safety at risk on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in order to increase profits.
They appeared to show that concerns raised within the company and by contractors were disregarded for financial reasons.
One BP engineer warned a colleague that the oil well had become a 'nightmare' while executives were given a list of recommended safety measures which they chose to ignore.
And a BP official wrote a note that read: 'Who cares, it’s done, end of story, will probably be fine.'
BP has been cleared to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
Federal authorities gave permission for BP to use a new method that involves pumping oil from the busted wellhead to a special ship on the surface, where it will be burned off rather than collected.
The British oil giant said it hopes to trap as much as 2.2million gallons of oil daily by the end of June as it deploys additional containment equipment, including the flaring system.
The plan, unveiled after the federal government pressed BP to work faster on containing the gusher, came as President Barack Obama paid his fourth visit to the stricken Gulf and promised residents that life would return to normal after the worst oil spill in US history, which has disrupted fishing and tourism and spoiled ecologically rich estuaries.
Meanwhile Rex W. Tillerson, chairman of Exxon Mobil, told the U.S. Congressional hearing today that if companies follow proper well design, drilling, maintenance and training procedures accidents like the Deepwater Horizon explosion 'should not occur', implying that BP had failed to do so.
John S. Watson, chief executive of Chevron, also pointed a finger at BP according to the New York Times, saying that every Chevron employee and contractor has the authority to stop work immediately if they see anything unsafe.