Gulf fingers pointed at Halliburton

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 8:32am

GULF OF MEXICO (NBC NEWS DESK) Tests conducted last Spring on the cement used to seal BP's oil rig in the gulf should have raised safety concerns before the deadly explosion.

Those are the findings from the President's Oil Spill Commission which says the test results should have raised doubts about the reliability of the cement that was used to seal the well.

Halliburton, which makes the cement, had previously said their tests showed the cement was stable.

They issued the following statement after those results surfaced.

"Halliburton has only recently received and is continuing to review the results, which it believes raises a number of questions.

Halliburton believes that significant differences between its internal cement tests and the commission's test results may be due to differences in the cement materials tested.

halliburton believes further comment on chevron's tests is premature and should await careful study and understanding of the tests by halliburton and other industry experts."

The April 20th explosion at the well in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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