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BP Lacked Well Control Six Weeks Before Blowout, E-Mails Show

BP Lacked Well Control Six Weeks Before Blowout, E-Mails Show 30 May 2010 BP Plc told U.S. regulators six weeks before its Gulf of Mexico well blew out that workers had difficulty maintaining control, according to e-mails released today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee investigating the spill. A March 10 e-mail to Frank Patton, the Minerals Management Service’s drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, from BP executive Scherie Douglas said the company planned to sever the pipe connecting the well to the rig and plug the hole.