It appears that a dead battery has been listed among the myriad of factors that initiated the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Reports from global oil company BP PLC this past Thursday said its costs for fighting a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen by $100 million in three days to total about $450 million.
It has been discovered that the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer had:
1. A dead battery;
2. Leaks in the hydraulic system that would activate the pistons in the ["unforeseeable"] event of an accident;
3. By design, 260 different failures that could require the BOP’s removal and replacement;
4. A useless test component installed, and;
5. Cutting tools that were not strong enough to shear through 10% of the joints in the piping.
The moral of the story? Nothing good ever comes out of having a dead battery.