As soon as the massive 350 ton blow out preventer reached the surface of the Gulf Saturday evening it was placed basically under house arrest by the U.S. government and will now under go a detailed inspection by an army of engineers and techie types. It’s considered to be a key piece of evidence investigators of the accident have been waiting to examine. BP has already done its own investigation into what happened and will make its report public shortly.
The 50 foot tall mechanical monster was placed on a ship that will take it ashore in Louisiana where the US. Department of Justice is conducting a probe into the actions of the preventer’s operator BP and other companies associated with the drilling of the well.
They will try to determine if there were any criminal acts or safety violations committed by the various parties that caused the blow out preventer to malfunction and allow an explosion and fire which eventually caused the huge drilling platform to sink and rupture piping creating an oil spill of millions of gallons in the Gulf. 11 people died in the April 20 mishap.
So far BP has had about 300 private lawsuits filed against it over the accident but no formal charges by the Department Of Justice … yet.
On Friday a new blow out preventer was installed to cap the damaged well and the U.S. government man on the scene Thad Allen said that the well although seemingly under control still had to have more concrete pumped into the bottom of it yet before it could be considered completely safe.