Miami, FL (AP) - A federal panel investigating the Gulf of Mexico
oil spill is getting 60 extra days to complete its report partly
because more time is needed to do forensic testing.
A key piece of evidence -- the blowout preventer that failed to
stop BP's well from gushing into the sea -- was lifted from the
ocean floor on Sept. 4 and later taken to a NASA facility in New
But the testing has been held up because of how long it has
taken to develop protocols and get input from interested parties.
The deadline for the joint U.S. Coast Guard-Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement investigative panel's
report has been extended from Jan. 27 to March 27.
The panel's final public hearing is set for the week of Jan.
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