Coast Guard/BOEMRE spill hearings resume next week

The joint U.S. Coast Guard/Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement panel looking into the Deepwater Horizon accident with hold its (gasp!) seventh round of hearings next week.

The hearings, to run from Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8 at the Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport in Metairie, will focus on the blowout preventer from the rig, particularly the findings of the report conducted by Det Norske Veritas and released last week.

The Chronicle most likely won’t have reporters in New Orleans to cover the hearings, and so far it’s not clear if there will be live video as there has been in the past. If there is, we will provide links.

Here’s a list of the scheduled witnesses (subject to change):

Monday, April 4

  • Gary Kenney – DNV, lead investigator, forensics of the Deepwater Horizon BOP stack
  • Neil Thompson – DNV, project manager, forensics of the Deepwater Horizon BOP stack

Tuesday, April 5

  • Geoff Boughton – Transocean, forensics of the Deepwater Horizon BOP stack
  • Cathleenia Willis – Sperry Sun, mudlogger, well monitoring and kick detection

Wednesday, April 6

  • Ray Odenwald – Transocean, subsea supervisor, condition-based maintenance and inspections
  • James Kent – Transocean, asset manager, condition-based maintenance and inspections

Thursday, April 7

  • Ian Little – BP, E&A wells manager, discussions with John Guide about September audit findings

Friday, April 8

  • David McWhorter – Cameron, VP engineering and quality, forensics of the Deepwater Horizon BOP stack and Cameron practices