BP executive: Well could have been sealed sooner

FILE - In an April 21, 2010 file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after a deadly explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

FILE - In an April 21, 2010 file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns after a deadly explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

— A BP executive who led the company's efforts to end its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says its blown-out well could have been sealed sooner if a capping device had been built before the April 2010 catastrophe.

James Dupree testified Wednesday at a trial over the spill that engineers didn't have the equipment they needed to attack this particular well at the time of the blowout and had to formulate several possible solutions "on the fly."

After several other methods failed, BP ultimately used a capping stack to seal the well 87 days after the blowout.

During cross-examination by a plaintiffs' attorney, Dupree said it would have been relatively inexpensive for BP to build a capping stack before the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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