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Unformatted text preview: erformed a flow check. Dr. Smith stated that “[t]hese failures to respond to kick warning signs are in direct violation of standard industry practice and MMS requirements.” Dr. Smith concluded that the well continued to flow after the pumps were turned off at 9:09 p.m. This continued flow was “a conclusive indicator that a kick [was] in progress, i.e., that formation fluids [were] flowing into the well.” 261 Keith, a mudlogger with 18 years of experience who had responsibilities for monitoring the well, testified that he went on a five‐to‐eight‐minute break to the coffee shop and the smoking room area at approximately 9:00 p.m. According to Keith’s testimony, after the crew shut down the pumps at 9:09 p.m., he looked at the video feed and did not see any flow. 262 Keith testified that, at this time, he was not aware of increased pressure on the drill pipe, which was another indicator that a kick was in progress. 263 At 9:10 p.m., having observed none of the several indications that...
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