Texas News

News > Texas News > Sea captain tells of rig blast in gritty detail

Sea captain tells of rig blast in gritty detail

Hours before the late-night blast on April 20 that engulfed the Deepwater Horizon in flames and killed 11, there were signs of trouble aboard the drilling rig.

Shortly after 5 p.m. that afternoon, the rig unexpectedly stopped pumping drilling mud out of BP's Macondo well to the vessel Damon B. Bankston, parked alongside the rig. This was one of the last steps the rig was taking to secure the well and temporarily abandon it so BP could come back later to extract oil from it.


 

Texas News

The city of Dallas and a North Texas river authority are at odds over the price of lake water after six years of...
Solar-powered vehicles could be cruising along Galveston's seawall to help with parking enforcement. The Galveston...
Jeffrey Ortiz, 37, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested Dec. 16 in Dallas...
The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park will be expanding. The 137-acre addition is due to the Missions...
Police say weekend gunfire that erupted at a North Texas apartment, leaving two dead and at least two injured, was...