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By Tom Harris and Madhav Khandekar
Bad science puts rich nations on the hook for trillions in climate liabilities
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - George Hirasaki
A crane hoisted a key piece of oil spill evidence to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, giving investigators their first chance to personally scrutinize the blowout preventer, the massive piece of equipment that failed to stop the gusher four months ago.
The image of thick crude gushing from a blown-out oil well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico was turned off when a tightly fitting cap was secured on top a month and a half ago.
In short, Hirasaki said, "The BOP failed to do its function. It is important to determine why so that it does not occur again."
There may have been two sections of drill pipe or a thicker section, called the "collar," that the blowout preventer could not shear through, he said.