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The Danger Hiding Beneath Offshore Oil Rigs

Federal regulators with the Department of the Interior are investigating potentially defective bolts used on blowout preventers and other subsea equipment. According to an Interior Department investigation, the bolts are prone to corroding and snapping. If these bolts were to fail, it may cause another massive oil leak. Unfortunately, the problems discussed in the investigation involve many oil rigs used in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent history tells us that leaks can also cause oil rig explosions, putting workers in danger. For those who don’t remember, the Deepwater Horizon disaster was linked to failed blowout preventers. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon suffered an explosion, killing 11 workers. The Interior Department began an investigation into the defective bolts after General Electric issued a recall three years ago. However, regulators have discovered that the defective bolts involve two other companies. Investigators also believe subcontractors excessively tightening the fasteners could be…
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