Workers watch as the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer stack is lifted onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.  A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a blowout preventer from properly sealing to stop last year's massive Gulf oil spill.  (AP File Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Workers watch as the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer stack is lifted onto the deck of the Helix Q4000 on the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana. A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a blowout preventer from properly sealing to stop last year's massive Gulf oil spill. (AP File Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
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