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  •  "Critical problems in blowout preventer" - (2+ / 0-)
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    WaPo:

    A House energy panel investigation has found that the blowout preventer that failed to stop a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had a dead battery in its control pod, leaks in its hydraulic system, a "useless" test version of a key component and a cutting tool that wasn't strong enough to shear through steel joints in the well pipe and stop the flow of oil.

    In a devastating review of the blowout preventer, which BP said was supposed to be "fail-safe," Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight, said Wednesday that documents and interviews show that the device was anything but.

    The comments came in a hearing in which lawmakers grilled senior executives from BP and oilfield service firms Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron, maker of the blowout preventer.

    Joseph Romm has much more on this, including links to some other good info.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    by 1BQ on Mon May 31, 2010 at 04:01:32 PM PDT

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