Gulf Oil Spill
11:32 am
Sat September 4, 2010

BP Installs New Blowout Preventer On Busted Well

New Orleans, La. – National Incident Commander Thad Allen ordered the new blowout preventer be installed. He wants mud and cement pumped into the well from the bottom as it was from the top. He says the new equipment should be able to handle that pressure. The broken blowout preventer is now being lifted to a surface ship. Government investigators are on board to make sure it's preserved as evidence to determine why it failed when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April. Allen says the well should be permanently killed sometime next week.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.