BP Claims Progress on Capping Spewing Oil Well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP crews using robot submarines claimed
progress Sunday in the first stages of replacing a leaky cap on a
busted undersea well that's gushing millions of gallons of crude
oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The robot subs removed an original cap Saturday that was placed
on the leak in early June to collect gushing oil. Now BP says it
hopes to have new, tighter-fitting cap in place on the well as it
ambitiously seeks to permanently seal the well located off
Louisiana's coastline.

BP says the new cap might even be fitted by later Sunday. Kent
Wells, a BP senior vice president, said Sunday he was pleased with
the progress but cautioned that there still could be unforeseen
events ahead.

The oil leak began with an April 20th rig explosion that killed
11 workers.

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