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State of Louisiana
Unified Command Joint Information Center
News Release
Friday, May 28, 2010

KENNER, La. - The Deepwater Horizon joint investigation concluded the third day of the second session of hearings Friday into the circumstances surrounding the explosion, fire, pollution and sinking of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon, with multiple loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. 

The joint investigation has the powers of both convening agencies, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS), and is co-chaired and staffed by representatives of both agencies. For the public hearing, the joint investigation is following the policies and procedures for a U.S Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation contained in 46 Code of Federal Regulations Part 4 and USCG policy (available on the joint investigation Web site: www.deepwaterinvestigation.com ).  The facts collected at this hearing, along with the lead investigators' conclusions and recommendations will be forwarded to Coast Guard Headquarters and MMS for approval. Once approved, the final investigative report will be made available to the public and the media. No analysis or conclusions will be presented during the hearing. 

The joint investigation is conducting the hearings in sessions.  Session one was held May 11-12, 2010, and investigated the circumstances surrounding the fire, explosion, pollution and sinking of the MODU.  The second session is being conducted this week, with the focus on gathering information on the MODU's materiel condition, crew qualifications, emergency preparedness, and casualty timeline. The third session of hearings will focus on the "how" and the "why" (which might also be considered the "technical verification" phase), and is tentatively scheduled for mid-July.

The second session of hearings began Wednesday and will continue through Saturday.  As part of the second session, testimony Friday began at 8 a.m. and continued until 4:15 p.m.  Testimony was given by six witnesses.

The witnesses Friday were:   

  •  Mark Hafle - BP, providing information regarding well design 
  • Christopher Pleasant - Transocean, subsea supervisor, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Greg Meche - M-I Swaco, mud engineer, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Christopher Haire - Halliburton, cementer, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Miles Ezell - Transocean, senior tool pusher, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • William Stoner - Transocean, motor operator, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon

Saturday’s public hearing is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at the Radisson New Orleans Airport, 2150 Veterans Blvd., Kenner, La. in the Bayou meeting room.  Saturday’s witnesses are scheduled to be:

  •  Micah Sandell - Transocean, crane operator, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Paul Meinhart - Transocean, motor operator, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Charles Credeur - Dril-Quip, service technician, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Micah Burgess - Transocean, driller, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon 
  • Allen Seraile - Transocean, assistant driller, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon
  • Heber Morales - Transocean, roustabout, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon
  • David Sims - BP, drilling and cementing operations manager, providing recollection of incident aboard Deepwater Horizon



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