Salazar orders first deepwater gulf oil containment exercise

06/11/2012
US Interior Sec. Ken Salazar directed Marine Well Containment Co., one of two consortiums formed following the 2010 Macondo deepwater well's oil spill, to conduct a live drill this summer deploying critical well control equipment in the Gulf of Mexico. The exercise will test MWCC's capacity to quickly mobilize a capping stack similar to the one that ultimately contained the Macondo well's flow from the consortium's onshore base to the gulf's deepwater seabed, Salazar said. The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which tests capping stacks on the surface as part of its responsibilities to oversee tougher regulations implemented after the Macondo incident, will oversee this f...
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