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RETIRED SHELL OFFSHORE EXPERT SPEAKS OUT AGAIN ON GULF OF MEXICO DISASTER

I believe you are seeing the early unravelling of this affair pointing more and more towards the owner and operator Transocean, the US legislators, and the US Oil Industry.

EMAIL TO JOHN DONOVAN FROM BILL CAMPBELL, RETIRED HSE GROUP AUDITOR, SHELL INTERNATIONAL, AN EXPERT ON OFFSHORE PLATFORM SAFETY ISSUES

John

It appears I was right in my analysis, your website was the first to present this data – its a pity that your journalist friends did not pick it up.

It was the 25th June that I passed the analysis to Professor Bea, and the 28th June to the Chemical Safety Board. They have indirectly at least thanked me for that input via my friend Raymond Holroyd.

My analysis raised concerns that platform alarms and gas detection alarms appeared to be inhibited according to testimony by the survivor Mike Williams (CBS 60 minutes).  – you covered this on your website.

It would appear that my early analysis was correct. See below.  I believe you are seeing the early unravelling of this affair pointing more and more towards the owner and operator Transocean, the US legislators, and the US Oil Industry.

See below from the Washington Post picked up by you on your website and who were also copied on my analysis on the 18th of July.

Raymond, not that I need it, but it would be nice if your friends at the Chemical Safety Board would give me some credit, I am beginning to see my words being fed back to me in various articles, namely the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Extract from Washington Post…

The chief engineer on the Deepwater Horizon tells a government panel that warning systems on the drilling rig were inhibited because the crew did not want to be disturbed in the middle of the night.
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By David S. Hilzenrath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 23, 2010; 10:56 AM

KENNER, LA. — Long before an eruption of gas turned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig into a fireball, an alarm system designed to alert the crew and prevent combustible gases from reaching potential sources of ignition had been deliberately disabled, the former chief electronics technician on the rig testified Friday.

Michael Williams said he understood that the rig had been operating with the system in “inhibited” mode for a year to prevent false alarms from disturbing the crew.

EXTRACTS END

Years before friend Malcolm TFA Brinded was discounted as the Heir to the Throne at Shell, you informed the World that he had no chance of following on from the little cyclist.

Months before the World knew what caused the explosion on Deepwater Horizon and that alarms had been inhibited you published my analysis, much to your credit.

You need to get your friends to pick up more on what you publish. It appears they would not see a scoop unless it hits them on the face.

Hope you and Alfred are well.

Kind regards

Bill

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