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Pressure readings prior to Gulf spill eyed

Senators scrutinizing the Deepwater Horizon disaster Tuesday zeroed in on unusual pressure readings, bypassed tests and the application of cement barriers as possible problems contributing to the April 20 explosion of an offshore drilling rig and the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We don’t know yet precisely what happened on the night of April 20,” BP America President Lamar McKay told two Senate panels investigating the disaster. “But what we do know is that there were anomalous pressure test readings prior to the explosion,” which may have “raised concerns” about the stability of the well.
 

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