New Orleans, La. – The government shipped the 300-ton device to a NASA facility outside of New Orleans; along with the capping stack that stopped the gushing oil spill in July. Transocean of Houston says that facility isn't designed to house or test the equipment. The Department of Justice has control of the evidence that arrived this week in Louisiana. It was hoisted from the well a mile under water and taken ashore by barge. A federal court hearing is set in New Orleans for deciding exactly how the equipment will be handled.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.