Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

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By Maria Recio, Dave Montgomery and Mark Washburn
McClatchy Newspapers
May 12, 2010

WASHINGTON — In the days after an oil well spun out of control in the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers tried to activate a huge piece of underwater safety equipment but failed because the device had been so altered that diagrams BP got from the equipment’s owner didn’t match the supposedly failsafe device’s configuration, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

The oil well also failed at least one critical pressure test on the day that gas surged up the drill pipe and set the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig aflame, killing 11 and setting off a spill that has spewed 210,000 gallons of crude into the gulf every day for three weeks, according to BP documents provided to congressional investigators.

via Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer | McClatchy

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4 thoughts on “Oil spill: BP had wrong diagram to close blowout preventer

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