This week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Louisiana announced that Race Addington, 49, of Houston, was charged in a two-count Bill of Information with making false statements to Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) inspectors in relation to the veracity of blowout preventer testing on an offshore oil and gas platform. These charges demonstrate that BSEE will work with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies to ensure that individuals who falsify records concerning the integrity of critical safety components are held accountable for their actions.
According to the Bill of Information, on or about Nov. 28, 2012, Addington, a well site supervisor for a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, presented a fabricated blowout preventer pressure test chart to the BSEE inspectors with the expectation that it would be a passing test and the inspectors would not find the platform to be in non-compliance for failing to properly test the blowout preventer system. On Dec. 6, 2012, during an investigation of the veracity of the blowout preventer test by BSEE, Addington lied and told BSEE investigators that the BSEE inspectors had mistakenly retrieved the wrong pressure chart from the files, when in truth and in fact he knew that he had personally presented a fabricated chart to inspectors as the actual test record for the platform’s blowout preventer system.
If convicted, Addington faces maximum imprisonment of five years per count and/or a maximum fine of $250,000 per count.
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