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BP To Lower Cap Over Gulf Oil Gusher After Shearing Pipe

2014-02-26 14:37:41   COMMENT:0 HITS:
In the latest of a string of feeble attempts to stem oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has used giant shears to cut a damaged pipe and is now faced with the more difficult task of lowering a cap over the spill.
In theory, the dome will siphon the oil approximately 1.6 kilometres to a ship at the surface. But like a previous failed “top-kill” strategy, the method has never been tried at these depths.
Also, because the cut is irregular, experts say fitting the cap over it will be challenging.
A diamond-tipped saw got stuck as it was shaving through the thick pipe on Wednesday, more than six weeks after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20. Eleven workers died in the blast. And BP, which had leased the rig from Transocean Ltd., has since been trying to contain the thousands of barrels spilling into the Gulf each day.
The federal Justice Department will be launching both civil and criminal investigations into the spill, although prosecutors haven’t yet said who will be targeted.
President Barack Obama will visit the Gulf Coast Friday, his third trip to the region since the disaster happened.
The incident is now considered the worst oil spill in U.S. history, eclipsing the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.

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