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Blowout Preventer Headed To Shore

The broken blowout preventer that contributed the largest oil leak in U.S. history is on its way Louisiana.

It took crews 29.5 hours to raise the 300 ton device from the ocean floor.

Officials said it will take a ship a couple of days to bring it to shore.

When there, FBI agents will escort it to a NASA center in Louisiana where officials said it would join other evidence experts are looking at to determine the cause of the April 20th explosion.

"Ultimately it will be taken to a point somewhere on land and put together with the other debris and pieces we recovered from the rig itself," Retired Admiral Thad Allen said.

One BP engineer hopes learning why the preventer failed will help end the government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the gulf.

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