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August 4, 2015

A Fix for the Next BP Deepwater Horizon?

The world watched in 2010 while engineers fumbled with a ruptured well, wondering why there was not any technology to stem the millions of barrels of oil spewing from the Gulf of Mexico seafloor. The American Petroleum Institute has published new guidelines for capping stacks to be used in event of another such disaster.

“These guidelines will further strengthen subsea spill response capabilities as part of industry’s commitment to continuous improvement in safety,” API Director of Standards David Miller said in a statement Tuesday.

Pre-made capping stacks that can be fitted to seal a damaged well are able to be deployed in 7 to 10 days of an accident, Charlie Williams, director of API’s Center for Offshore Safety, told reporters in April.

“We hope we never need it but it’s ready if we do,” he said.

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