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BP: Blowout Recovery Hampered By Bad Weather

August 31, 2010

Attempts at recovering the faulty blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico have been delayed due to bad weather.

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen told AFP on Monday that the recovery effort is on hold “pending calming of the current weather,” and added it could be two to three days before the operation could resume.

BP had planned to begin the operation to remove and replace the blowout preventer from the busted well on Monday.

The blowout preventer was to be examined and held as evidence in an official investigation into the largest maritime oil spill in history.

Nearly 5 million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, causing it to sink two days later. The tragedy left 11 workers dead.

It took workers about three months to effectively plug the well.

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