Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

BP's failed blowout preventer removed from wellhead

NEW ORLEANS — Crews successfully removed the failed blowout preventer from BP's gulf well Friday, a hopeful development for federal investigators who view the device as key evidence that will be inspected to determine why it did not shut off the disastrous undersea gusher.

The blowout preventer was removed from the wellhead at 2:20 p.m., said BP spokesman Daren Beaudo. The oil is now being suppressed by a concrete plug that was injected into the well in early August.

The device will likely be hauled to the surface sometime today and will then be taken by barge to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration facility in New Orleans.

BP and government experts said they conducted extensive testing to ensure the concrete would hold. Next, crews will affix a new, stronger blowout preventer. Officials do not expect oil to leak from the well during the replacement process.

Government officials said the new device will help them deal with any surges in pressure when they intersect the well from the bottom and inject it with mud and concrete as part of the "bottom kill," which is intended to permanently seal the well.

Feds investigating gulf platform fire

WASHINGTON — The agency that oversees offshore drilling will investigate the fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday's fire came less than five months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 people and spurred the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history.

This time no one was killed, and the Coast Guard said no crude was leaking.

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, says his agency will work with the Coast Guard to investigate the fire. The oil platform is owned by Houston-based Mariner Energy Inc.

BP's failed blowout preventer removed from wellhead 09/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 3, 2010 11:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Los Angeles Times.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Deputies find unidentified decomposing body in Dunedin canal

    Public Safety

    DUNEDIN — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies found an unidentified male body floating in a Dunedin canal Monday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office said.

  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  4. Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    It's Andy's time.

    And it's about time.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.

    LEFT: Dave Andreychuk talks at the podium as he is honored with a statue in front of the now-Amalie Arena.
  5. British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests

    World

    LONDON — Britain on Monday confronted a rapidly growing fire safety crisis after tests of the exterior cladding on dozens of public housing towers revealed a 100 percent failure rate, raising fears that this month's deadly inferno in London could be repeated elsewhere.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. A Spanish judge on Monday June 26, 2017, has ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed following a paternity suit by a woman named by Europa Press agency as Pilar Abel, 61 from the nearby city of Girona. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]