NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans says a 49-year-old Houston man is accused of lying about a blowout preventer test on an offshore oil and gas platform in 2012.
A bill of information charges Race Addington with two counts of making false statements to federal agencies about tests run Nov. 27, 2012, when he was well site supervisor.
The pressure chart recording the tests showed one required component wasn’t tested, and wasn’t signed or dated, according to the bill of information.
Addington allegedly had workers fake a test and showed that chart to federal inspectors on Nov. 29, 2012. He’s also accused of lying to investigators the following month.
If convicted on both counts, he could get up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
The bill of information does not identify the rig’s owner or say if it was Addington’s employer.
The rig is described as an offshore oil and gas platform at Ship Shoal Block 225, which is about 75 miles southwest of Port Fourchon.
A gas well in that block leaked in July 2013.
The owner, a subsidiary of Houston-based Talos Energy LLC, said then that it was among several inactive wells being permanently plugged after being bought as part of the company’s purchase in February 2012 of Energy Resources Technology GOM Inc., also of Houston.