Monday, August 23, 2010

"60 Minutes"-A Survivior of the Deep Water Horizon Explosion Speaks

Deep Water Horizon explosion survivor Mike Williams: 60 Minutes

(Segment produced by Solly Granatstein and Graham Messick for "60 Minutes")

(CBS)  This story was originally published on May 16, 2010. It was updated on Aug. 19, 2010.

The gusher has stopped but we still don't know exactly what set off the biggest offshore oil spill in history. Investigations continue and critical revelations about the BP disaster are coming from one of the last crewmen to escape the deepwater horizon drilling rig.

Mike Williams first told his story on "60 Minutes" in May. Since that broadcast, he has become a key witness in the federal investigation.

Williams says the blowout was the result of a series of mishaps that started weeks before. The night of the disaster, he was in his workshop when the engines that power the rig's generators began to run wild. It was the first sign that explosive gas was enveloping the "Deepwater Horizon."

He says the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon had been building for weeks in a series of mishaps. The night of the disaster, he was in his workshop when he heard the rig's engines suddenly run wild. That was the moment that explosive gas was shooting across the decks, being sucked into the engines that powered the rig's generators.

"I hear the engines revving. The lights are glowing. I'm hearing the alarms. I mean, they're at a constant state now. It's just, 'Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.' It doesn't stop. But even that's starting to get drowned out by the sound of the engine increasing in speed. And my lights get so incredibly bright that they physically explode. I'm pushing my way back from the desk when my computer monitor exploded," Williams told Pelley.

(Click here to read the full transcript on the "60 Minutes" website. Below is video of Deep Water Horizon survivor Mike Williams being interviewed by Scott Pelley)

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