Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 22, 2010
Tyrone Benton, an honest, hard-working “ROV tech” for Oceaneering, was simply doing his job as a contractor working on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig when his underwater equipment noted a leak of hydraulic fluid in the rig’s blowout preventer before the massive explosion of April 20, 2010. His job was to assist with remote operated vehicles in surveying the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). He reported his findings to his supervisor and the information presumably went onward up the chain of command. However, as we now know, BP sadly did not act on this information and stop its drilling operations to repair the leak.
Unaware of the impact his statements would have, Mr. Benton chose to speak with the media about his work and findings. His video interview with the BBC created media frenzy. Assisted by SMSH Partner Dennis McElwee, Mr. Benton ultimately chose to speak exclusively with Drew Griffin and CNN. This interview will air tonight at 9:00 p.m. on CNN.
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