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Oil well blowout preventer reaches NASA facility

Oil well blowout preventer reaches NASA facility

A Coast Guard official says the 300-ton device that failed to stop the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a rig exploded has arrived at a NASA facility in Louisiana for analysis.
Lt. Suzanne Kerver told The Associated Press that the barge carrying the blowout preventer reached the New Orleans facility Saturday afternoon.
A week ago, the device was lifted from a mile (1.6 kilometer) beneath the sea and secured to the deck of the Helix Q4000. It was later transferred to a barge.
Government investigators plan to analyze it to determine why it failed. It is considered a key piece of evidence in ongoing investigations.
The April 20 explosion killed 11 workers and led to 206 million gallons (780 million liters) of oil spewing from BP PLC's undersea well.


Updated : 2021-07-27 13:29 GMT+08:00