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Amazing what kind of rats you find when you start turning the lights on.

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Here's a little on whistleblower Ken Abbot mentioned in the video above.  There's some video that goes with the story below

Federal lawsuit seeks shutdown of BP rig Atlantis


by Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News


wwltv.com

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 6:16 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- The Deepwater Horizon leak is now leading to safety concerns on another BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The BP Atlantis is located in more than 7000 feet of water, 150 miles south of New Orleans.

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in Houston, the rig is plagued by some of the same possible safety problems as the Horizon. It claims the Department of the Interior allowed Atlantis to operate without completed engineering blueprints needed to operate the rig safely.

"This is not a mere paperwork. Without these as-built drawings, the people that are working on these rigs, are flying blind from the standpoint of how to safely operate BP rigs in the Gulf of Mexico," said plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts.

Watts represents the environmental group Food and Water Watch and former BP sub-contractor Ken Abbott.

BP fired Abbott, a project control supervisor, last year after he voiced concerns about a lack of documentation on Atlantis.

"At BP, I beat my head against the wall, they didn't care, the government agencies didn't care," said Abbott.

Abbott said a congressional investigation into the Deepwater Horizon spill indicated that BP could not locate detailed drawings for the rig's blowout preventer and that workers wasted half a day trying to shut off a valve that had already been disconnected.

"BP and Transocean should have had final drawings on that site," said Abbott. "Not having it could have given the guys wrong readings and it could have caused them to make mistakes in a critical moment that could have caused the accident."

Abbott's suit asks a federal judge to shut down BP Atlantis until the rig can provide proper engineering documents and address other safety concerns.

Sen. David Vitter said he hasn't read the suit, but he agrees offshore rigs should follow the letter of the law or stop production.

"Nobody should be comfortable with any major venture like that, going forward without the proper documents," said Vitter.

The Federal Minerals Management Service is supposed to make sure offshore rigs remain in compliance with safety regulations.

Vitter said BP Atlantis is yet another example of a too cozy relationship between the oil companies and federal regulators.

Both BP and MMS did not return calls for comment.

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