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Blowout preventer being retrieved in U.S. oil spill probe.

The blowout preventer at the center of the U.S. investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was being slowly

retrieved from a mile below the sea after it was detached from the Macondo

well, BP announced on Friday.

BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said there was no oil coming from the well. The

blown-out well led to a deadly platform explosion last April in the Gulf of

Mexico, off the Louisiana coast. The unleashed gusher became the worst

offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The 50-foot, 300-ton blowout preventer was not expected to reach the

surface of the gulf until Saturday. BP officials said they would replace the device with a working one, then

resume drilling a relief well to permanently plug the leak. A 12-member government evidence team will take possession of the blowout

preventer.

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