Doomed rig worker testifies at BP oil spill trial

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FILE - In this Monday July 12, 2010 image from video made available by BP PLC, oil flows out of the top of the transition spool, which was placed into the gushing wellhead and will house the new containment cap, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal trial over the 2010 BP oil spill resumed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, with a focus on the company's response to the disaster, with millions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/BP PLC, File)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An employee of the company that owned the doomed Deepwater Horizon drilling rig says he was surprised when BP scrapped his team's design to stop the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

Robert Turlak, a Transocean Ltd. manager, testified Tuesday at a federal trial that is focusing on BP's response to the April 2010 well blowout. BP's trial adversaries argue the company could have sealed the blown-out well much sooner if it had employed a capping strategy that Turlak and others had devised. It was ready for installation in early June.

BP ultimately used a capping stack to stop the spill July 15 after several other methods failed.

Turlak said he never heard why BP scrapped his team's design.

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