• 3 minutes Shale Oil Fiasco
  • 7 minutes "Leaked" request by some Democrats that they were asking Nancy to coordinate censure instead of impeachment.
  • 12 minutes Trump's China Strategy: Death By a Thousand Paper Cuts
  • 16 minutes Global Debt Worries. How Will This End?
  • 11 hours DUMB IT DOWN-IMPEACHMENT
  • 25 mins POTUS Trump signs the HK Bill
  • 14 hours Greta named Time Magazine "Person of the Year"
  • 20 mins Tories on course to win majority
  • 3 hours americavchina.com
  • 1 hour WTO is effectively neutered. Trump *already* won the trade war against China and WTO is helpless to intervene
  • 9 hours Everything you think you know about economics is WRONG!
  • 4 hours Winter Storms Hitting Continental US
  • 20 hours Forget The Hype, Aramco Shares May be Valued At Zero Next Year
  • 1 day Can Renewable Natural Gas Compete With Diesel?
  • 19 hours Aramco Raises $25.6B in World's Biggest IPO
Bullish Sentiment Is Back In Oil Markets

Bullish Sentiment Is Back In Oil Markets

Optimism has returned to oil…

Saudi Aramco Stock Soars 10 Percent As Markets Open

Saudi Aramco Stock Soars 10 Percent As Markets Open

Saudi Aramco started trading with…

The Cover Up: E-mails Show BP Lied to Authorities on The Deepwater Horizon Spill

BP has always claimed that it shared all information with the public and with the federal government about the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the rate of flow of the leaking oil. BP has stated that it never knew of the true quantity of oil escaping the well until a few months after the blowout, however emails that are soon to be released seem to suggest otherwise.

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix is being charged by federal prosecutors with obstructing the law. They believe that he deleted thousands of emails and text messages tied to the company’s efforts to measure the size of the underwater leak.

The emails that Mix’s lawyer is set to release in February will supposedly prove his innocence by showing that he deleted nothing, and at the same time show that BP in fact knew about the size of the flow rate long before they advised the US authorities. BP always claimed that they didn’t learn of the spills full extent until after April, when in fact they knew almost immediately.

Related Article: Top Ten Costs of the BP Oil Spill that won't be Covered by the $4.5 Billion Fine

The emails show that just two days after the explosion occurred Mix sent in an estimation of the flow rate to his supervisor of between 62,000 and 146,000 barrels a day. BP executives told the coast guard that their best estimates held the leak at 1,000 barrels a day.

Then in May an executive at a Norwegian energy consulting firm analysed the videos and suggested that “it can be ruled out that the flow at seabed is in the order of 40,000.” BP’s current chief executive, Bob Dudley, then decided to state on MSNBC that the new flow rate estimates were around 5,000 barrels a day. Still way below the estimates supplied to BP’s management.

If BP is indeed found guilty of deceiving the federal prosecutors, then they could find themselves with a much heftier fine than before.

By. Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment
  • laphroig on December 11 2012 said:
    Blatantly misleading title, but I guess the author needed something sensational to get folks to read his article. In reality, there were hundreds of BP employees who all speculated in e-mails about the size of the Macondo leak. However, this engineer is being tried with obstruction of justice for deleting e-mails AFTER a judge's order had forbidden destruction of documents. BP management is not accused in this case of covering up the volume of the spill. The volume of oil is still being negotiated behind closed doors as BP and the DOJ hammer out the clean water act fines. The outcome of this guy's trial has no bearing on the amount BP has to pay. Few readers probably recall that the 5000 bpd estimate was originally made by the Coast Guard, the Department of Energy, and BP - they all had their staffs looking at the same data. Nobody cares today - certainly not Charles Kennedy - but it was not a number that was unilaterally arrived at by BP management.

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play