CSB Animation Details Deepwater Horizon Blowout

The blowout preventer (BOP) that was intended to shut off the flow of high-pressure oil and gas from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico during the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010, failed to seal the well because drill pipe buckled for reasons the offshore drilling industry remains largely unaware of, according to a new two-volume draft investigation report released on June 5, 2014, by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

This video animates the blowout based on findings detailed in CSB’s draft investigation report.

CSB Draft Report: Explosion and Fire at the Macondo Well

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