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Old 09-05-2010, 12:45 AM
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Default Deepwater Horizon's failed blowout preventer brought to surface

Deepwater Horizon's failed blowout preventer brought to surface

Failed blowout preventer hauled aboard ship

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The device "was taken into custody by the U.S. Department of Justice as evidence in its ongoing investigation into the incident," BP said. The blowout preventer was lifted to the surface at 8:53 p.m. (9:53 p.m. ET).

Adm. Thad Allen, the government's national incident commander, said the huge blowout preventer "is considered evidentiary material."
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A new blowout preventer was installed atop BP's plugged well late Friday.

Crews had to flush out potential hydrates -- crystals that form in cold temperatures -- before the old blowout preventer was hauled about the Q4000 surface vessel.

Joint investigation teams, engineers and the Department of Justice will pore over the recovered device.
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"I'm very pleased to announce that with the new blowout preventer on [and] the cement that was previously put in ... this well does not constitute a threat to the Gulf of Mexico," Allen said earlier Saturday.

He provided details on the installation of the new blowout preventer late Friday.

"This is an important milestone as we move toward completing the relief well and permanently killing the Macondo 252 well," he said.

Once the new device is successfully tested, BP will drill the last remaining feet of a relief well to intercept the damaged well.
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Finally, the company will execute a "bottom kill" -- a measure that fills the well from the bottom with mud and cement. That is believed to be the only way to seal the well for good.
I don't know why, but all this is getting more interesting than ever to me now. Maritime law is fascinating. Even for one who knows nuts about the Navy or the law.
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Old 09-05-2010, 12:58 PM
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It looks like a gumball machine. How do we know itís a real blowout preventer?
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