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Feds: Forensic Testing of Blowout Preventer Begins

The Associated Press<BR>
In this image made from video released by British Petroleum, a saw trims part of the blowout preventer at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Thursday in preparation for a capping device that will be lowered in hopes of sealing the leak.

The Associated Press
In this image made from video released by British Petroleum, a saw trims part of the blowout preventer at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Thursday in preparation for a capping device that will be lowered in hopes of sealing the leak.

New Orleans, LA (AP) - A key piece of evidence in the investigation
of what led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill is being
tested.

Federal investigators said testing of the blowout preventer
began Tuesday at a NASA facility in New Orleans.

The device was raised from the seafloor Sept. 4. Testing had
been delayed in part because of the length of time it took the
government and interested parties to create procedures for the
tests.

A statement from investigators did not say how long the testing
would take, but previously they have indicated it would take 60
days from the time it started.

An April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to more than
200 million gallons of oil spewing from BP's undersea well.

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