Contractor: Activity on BP rig obscured key data

By: AP
By: AP

Gulf Coast - A contractor on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig says it was hard for workers monitoring key data to know what was going on during a critical time in the final hour before the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion, because so many activities were happening at once.

Data presented Friday by John Gisclair, a support services coordinator for a unit of Halliburton, to a federal panel investigating the April 20th disaster shows there was a sharp rise in pressure that was later followed by a sharp drop in pressure.

Gisclair says that could have been an indicator that something was wrong.

The explosion killed 11 workers and led to more than 200 million gallons of oil spewing from BP PLC's undersea well.

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