NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A key piece of evidence in the investigation
of what led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill is being
Federal investigators said testing of the blowout preventer began Tuesday at a NASA facility in New Orleans.
The device was raised from the seafloor Sept. 4. Testing had been delayed in part because of the length of time it took the government and interested parties to create procedures for the tests.
A statement from investigators did not say how long the testing
would take, but previously they have indicated it would take 60
days from the time it started.
An April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to more than
200 million gallons of oil spewing from BP's undersea well.