Man accused of falsifying tests on oil rig safety devices
Published: March 1,2012
WALNUT GROVE — Federal prosecutors say a Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico directed rig workers to falsify testing on a key safety device.
A court filing in New Orleans charges 49-year-old Donald Hudson of Walnut Grove with making a false statement in March 2011 to the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General about testing of the rig’s blowout preventer.
Hudson worked for Helmerich & Payne Inc., which operated Rig 206 off the coast of Louisiana.
Prosecutors say Hudson instructed workers to falsify tests by closing valves on the blowout preventer’s choke manifold, which is designed to control flow from the well during pressure spikes.
Hudson faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison if convicted of the charge.
Hudson’s attorney, Steve Lemoine, declined to comment on the charge.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Still planning that summer vacation?
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- Silver Airways ordered to continue service
- Seafood R’evolution set to make Mississippi ‘the new culinary epicenter of the South’
- Bryant signs controversial abortion ban bill
- Soybean yield more than doubles in less than a decade
- Pharma Pac lays off rest of workers; could end up owing state
- Plans unveiled for large shooting range on Coast
- Two Delta groups getting economic development funding
- Ole Miss launches commitment to be 'climate neutral'
- Yarber could be sworn in today as new Jackson mayor
- Biloxi baseball project still alive but may be held for 2015