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U.S. Mulls Requiring Remote Shutoffs for Oil Rigs

U.S. lawmakers are focusing on whether lax government regulation that did not require BP to use a remote control "trigger" to shut an underwater pipe exacerbated the spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A $500,000 acoustic trigger may have allowed workers escaping from the burning rig by boat to send a remote signal 5,000 feet below the water's surface to close the valve and stop the oil.

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