BP Must Salvage What May Be Evidence Against It
"The procedure should recognize and preserve the forensic and evidentiary value of the blowout preventer stack," National Incident Commander Thad Allen said in an e-mailed statement Sunday. "The procedure should also include measures to enable capture and removal of oil in the event of a release." The e-mail was reported by Bloombergand a number of other media outlets.
BP estimates that bringing up the section of pipe and putting a new preventer into place could take three weeks, thereby delaying the final stage of capping the well. There is a small probability that the process could cause another leak in the well.
The government will examine the device to see whether it is defective. If it is, the liability cases against the UK-based company will almost certainly both expand and grow in number.