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ON THE GULF OF MEXICO - A crane hoisted the blowout preventer to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, giving investigators their first chance to personally examine the massive piece of equipment that failed to stop the gusher four months ago.
It took 29 1/2 hours to lift the 50-foot, 300-ton blowout preventer from a mile beneath the sea to the surface. The five-story high device breached the water's surface at 6:54 p.m. CDT, and looked largely intact, with black stains on the yellow metal.
FBI agents were among the 137 people aboard the Helix Q4000 vessel, taking photos and video of the device. They will escort it back to a NASA facility in Louisiana for analysis.
The AP was the only news outlet
Hydrates form when gases such as methane mix with water under high pressure in cold temperatures. The crystals caused BP PLC problems in May, when hydrates formed on a 100-ton, four-story dome the company tried to place over the leak to contain it.

As a large hatch opened up on the Helix to allow the blowout preventer to pass through, several hundred feet of light sheen could be seen near the boat, though crews weren't exactly sure what it was.

The April 20 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers and led to 206 million gallons of oil spewing from BP PLC's undersea well.

Investigators know the explosion was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before igniting.

But they don't know exactly how or why the gas escaped. And they don't know why the blowout preventer didn't seal the well pipe at the sea bottom after the eruption, as it was supposed to. While the device didn't close - or may have closed partially - investigative hearings have produced no clear picture of why it didn't plug the well.

Documents emerged showing that a part of the device had a hydraulic leak, which would have reduced its effectiveness, and that a passive "deadman" trigger had a low, perhaps even dead, battery.


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I'm sure we'll get the *honest* scoop from Cheney ... :devil:
 

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I'm sure we'll get the *honest* scoop from Cheney ... :devil:
It’s in FBIs hands … now. :thumbsup:

The next thing you’ll hear is, Obama and the Left Wing controls the FBI :laughing:
 

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It’s in FBIs hands … now. :thumbsup:

The next thing you’ll hear is, Obama and the Left Wing controls the FBI :laughing:
*Miss me Yet ?* ... ?


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