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Deepwater Horizon’s Alarms Turned Off So Folks Could Sleep!

July 24, 2010

There is no way anyone can make up half of what is in the morning press today.  First I hear that the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago is shut down to heavy rains and flooding, and now this.

Critical fire and gas leak alarm systems had been disabled for at least a year aboard the Deepwater Horizon because the rig’s leaders didn’t want to wake up to false alarms, a rig chief engineer tech told federal investigators.

“I discovered it was ‘inhibited’ about a year ago,” said Mike Williams, the chief engineer tech who worked for rig owner Transocean aboard the Deepwater Horizon, which erupted in flames April 20, killing 11 men and starting the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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