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BP oil spill: leak found in rig weeks before blast

BP oil spill: leak found in rig weeks before blast 21 Jun 2010 The Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded causing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, had suffered a leak in the weeks leading up to the blast, an employee has claimed. Tyrone Benton told the BBC that he identified a leak in the rig's safety equipment weeks before the explosion. He claimed that the leak was not fixed at the time. Instead, the faulty device was shut down, forcing the rig to rely on a second one.