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BP PLC said the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico was removed from the company’s well on Friday afternoon.
A BP spokesman said that the 50-foot, 300-ton device was detached from the wellhead at 1:20 p.m CDT.
Blow out Preventer and Mud: Story of the Consequences of Ignoring peril
There was trouble from the start. First, getting to the oil was taking too long. Speeding up the pace caused the bottom of the well to split open.Four weeks before the explosion, the rig’s most vital piece of safety equipment the Blow-Out Preventer (BOP), was damaged.