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Key events on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, the day it exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
1 a.m. Halliburton technicians finish injecting cement
into the oil well to seal edges of pipe and plug it
8:20 a.m. Work vessel Damon B. Bankston arrives at the Deepwater Horizon 1:17 p.m. Workers start pumping drilling lubricant known as mud out of the well onto the Bankston for recycling 5-8 p.m. Tests are done on the well; a disturbing pressure imbalance is found 5:17 p.m. Mud transfer interrupted after the Bankston takes aboard 3,100 barrels; Deepwater Horizon signals that about 1,000 barrels more would be pumped over 9 p.m. Bankston is
advised that pumping mud would resume shortly
Gulf of Mexico
Site of Deepwater Horizon 100 km
9:50 p.m. Liquid and gas surge from the derrick on the Deepwater Horizon 9:53 p.m. Explosions ignite the oil rig
Source: Minerals Management Service and the U.S. Coast Guard investigation testimony, McClatchy Washington Bureau © 2010 MCT Graphic: Lee Hulteng, Judy Treible, Mark Washburn