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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A litany of errors in the Deep Horizon "failsafe" devices

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.

The full story here.  Criminal charges for all three responsible companies are likely to follow.

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