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Unformatted text preview: a kick was in progress, the crew rerouted returns from the well overboard, which caused the returns to bypass the Sperry‐Sun flow‐out meter. This meant that Sperry Sun mudloggers no longer had conventional kick detection methods at its disposal. Dr. Smith observed that “[i]nitiating this action without insuring that the well was under control violates all industry practices and regulatory requirements.” 264 Keith testified that he did not know the well was flowing until “it sounded like it was raining outside” and he “started smelling gas coming though [his] purge system.” 265 It is not clear what well control information, if any, the drill crew was monitoring on the evening of April 20. At 9:18 p.m., the driller, Dewey Revette, sent rig crew members to repair a pressure relief valve on one of the pumps. This is significant because it is unlikely that Revette would have sent any crew members to the pump room if he believed that the well was flowing. At Id. Keith testimony at 50, 118‐120. 263 I...
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course BEPP 305 taught by Professor Nini during the Fall '11 term at UPenn.

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