Cause of Deepwater Horizon Blow-Out Preventer Failure Unveiled

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

The results are in from a technical consultant’s examination of the blow-out preventer that failed at the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill.   The report says there was a mechanical failure in the so-called “rams” which were supposed to cut the pipe coming up from the well.  The rams were activated but they could not complete their motion because the pipe was too bent.   The wellhead was a mile deep in the ocean and it took a lot of work to get the equipment up to the surface where it could be examined.

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