Oil Drilling, Spills And Capping One Year After BP Blowout04:06
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A view of the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill, almost one year later, in  the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)
A view of the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill, almost one year later, in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP)

Before April 20, 2010, many Americans had never heard of a blowout preventer. But for the 87 days that followed, one deep in the Gulf of Mexico dominated the headlines because it had failed, allowing almost 5 million barrels of oil to flow into the gulf.

A year later, what is known about what went wrong with the technology? And what system is now in place to cap an oil leak, should it happen again? David Hammer, a reporter for The Times-Picayune joins us from New Orleans.

This segment aired on April 20, 2011.

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