Effort to shut gulf well was ‘late,’ BP executive says

Workers on the doomed oil rig were distracted by multiple events and sought to shut the well only after gas particles had flowed in and could no longer be contained, he says. — Workers on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig were distracted by multiple activities going on simultaneously and didn’t try to shut the well until 49 minutes after potentially explosive gas particles began flowing in, a BP vice president told a federal investigative panel Wednesday.

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Effort to shut gulf well was ‘late,’ BP executive says