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BP claims ‘Top Hat 10′ could completely stop oil gusher

UPDATE: OIL BRIEFLY HALTED, BUT JETTING RESUMES AS PRESSURE TESTS CONTINUE Hours after BP fitted a new containment cap to a damaged well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the gushing oil and gas appeared to completely stop, according to images relayed from a live video from the…

BP removes cap from Gulf oil gusher, hopes to resume collection in 4-7 days

Workers began Saturday directing underwater robots to replace the cap on a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico, in a bid to finally contain the devastating oil flow. Live video feed of the spill site showed remotely-controlled submarines maneuvering the cap system in order to remove the old containment cap…

Relief well remains Gulf’s last best hope to end oil gusher

As engineers bore deeper into the seafloor toward the source of the oil still spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP PLC is growing more confident that the relief well it expects to complete in August will succeed where all previous efforts to contain or kill the gusher have failed.…

BP’s Gulf oil gusher now the worst accidental oil spill in history

A Taiwanese supertanker skimmed oil from the Gulf of Mexico Saturday as the months-long disaster became the worst accidental spill on record. Rough seas and strong winds continued to delay clean-up efforts, displace protective booms and push the oil deeper into fragile coastal wetlands, endangering wildlife preserves and the thousands…

Coast Guard says saw is stuck in pipe

The Associated Press reports, “Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen is saying that a saw has become stuck as it was cutting through a pipe on a busted well, stalling the latest attempt to contain the Gulf oil gusher.” The AP adds, “Allen said Wednesday the goal is to free the…

Worst case: BP leak could last until Christmas

This year’s Christmas won’t be so merry under a worst-case scenario released Wednesday by a major energy investor. Writing about BP’s effort to plug a leak from a drill site that became exposed after a deepwater oil rig burst into flames and sunk in April, an energy investor noted that…

Oil closes in on Fla. as BP tries risky cap move

GREG BLUESTEIN and BRIAN SKOLOFF AP News Jun 02, 2010 07:11 EDT As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the…

BP succeeds in cutting Gulf well’s riser pipe, creating ‘fresh spew of oil’

A remote controlled submarine successfully cut into the Deepwater Horizon’s riser pipe on Tuesday, creating a fresh oil gusher that BP hopes to fit with a cap once a diamond saw can be used to ensure the cut is perfectly clean. The dramatic scene played out on live streamed video,…

1979 news reports on Mexican oil gusher may as well be from 2010: Maddow

From June 3, 1979 straight through March 23, 1980, an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was spewing up to 30,000 barrels per day. In just 200 feet of water, the Mexican oil company Pemex scrambled to shut down the Ictoc I exploratory well, but to no avail. The…

Coast Guard chief confirms oil gusher plugged: ‘They’ve stopped the hydrocarbons’

Related: Obama halts Shell’s Alaska drilling plans, suspends new offshore oil exploration BP’s risky bid to plug a Gulf of Mexico well appeared to be working Thursday, but new data showed it was already the worst oil spill in US history with a huge slick fouling the seas. Regardless, the…

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