“The unit is breaking up” said former rig worker on April 20

UC Berkeley engineer a key adviser in Gulf spill aftermath, Contra Costa Times, June 20, 2010:

A call on April 20 pulled UC Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea into the thick of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

That night, Bea, co-founder of the university’s Center for Risk Mitigation, got a call from an alarmed former oil rig worker in Louisiana, reporting on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig, 50 miles off the coast.

” ‘Bob, the unit is breaking up,’ ” Bea recalled the woman telling him.

Two days later, the rig collapsed, and oil gushing from pipes a mile below the surface has created the nation’s worst environmental disaster.


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