The U.S. government will formally examine potential failure points of blowout preventers following a four-month-long forensic examination by a Norwegian firm into the failed device on BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in an April 5 conference call. Image: Courtesy of Det Norske Veritass Forensics firm Det Norske Veritas showed that pressure buckled a 5½-in.-dia steel pipe, pushing it off-center and preventing the Macondo well�s blowout preventer from working. Following the well's April 2010 blowout, its blowout preventer (BOP) failed to stop the flow of oil and gas. The report, by Oslo-based Det
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