Gulf Oil Spill
3:11 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Allen Orders New Blow-Out Preventer Before Bottom Kill

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen says he wants the blow-out preventer installed by the Deepwater Horizon replaced before mud and cement is pumped into the bottom of the blown-out well.

" We are very, very close to the end. This gets to be a very, very complex evolution. And there are no black-and-white choices here, and this has required a significant amount of discussion."

Allen says pressure testing will be done through Saturday to determine the best way to remove equipment that's been subpoenaed for the investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The Department of Justice will be in charge of preserving the evidence.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.