Pipe kept blowout preventer from stopping BP oil spill, report says

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 20:30 in Earth & Climate

An investigation finds that when the Deepwater Horizon rig crew lost control of an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in April, a section of drill pipe buckled and got stuck in the blowout preventer.The blowout preventer designed to shut down a BP well in an emergency couldn't stop a gusher of deep sea oil into the Gulf of Mexico because a damaged piece of drill pipe got in the way, according to a federal report released Wednesday.

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