"Are you fucking happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen"

Mother Jones magazine reports:

Tony Buzbee, a lawyer representing 15 rig workers and dozens of shrimpers, seafood restaurants, and dock workers, says he has obtained a three-page signed statement from a crew member on the boat that rescued the burning rig’s workers. The sailor, who Buzbee refuses to name for fear of costing him his job, was on the ship’s bridge when Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell, a top employee of rig owner Transocean, was speaking with someone in Houston via satellite phone. Buzbee told Mother Jones that, according to this witness account, Harrell was screaming, “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

Whoever was on the other end of the line was apparently trying to calm Harrell down. “I am fucking calm,” he went on, according to Buzbee. “You realize the rig is burning?”

…Buzbee told Mother Jones that the sailor’s version of Harrell’s phone conversation following the explosion was corroborated by a statement from a second crew member who says he also overheard the call.

Hardly iron-clad proof, but it fits the clear pattern of BP knowing about and willfully ignoring horrible dangers.

Posted by James on Tuesday, June 08, 2010