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Gulf Oil Spill Mark Hafle

Gulf Oil Spill Mark Hafle

Gulf oil spill: Hearing focuses on BP decision maker

August 27, 2010 |  2:13 pm

Federal investigators are honing in on the role that BP’s Houston operations had in possible design flaws that may have contributed to the April 20 Deepwater Horizon well blowout.

In particular, they are focusing on John Guide, a Houston-based supervisor who BP workers say was the main official with authority over the well design.

“What was interesting to me is that [two BP executives] have pointed at Mr. John Guide, the well-team leader, as the decision maker,” U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Hung Nguyen, the lead investigator, said at a joint U.S. Coast Guard-Interior Department hearing in Houston. “If that is true, that is a huge responsibility for one position and on one man.” …read more

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