BP Engineers Prepare for Next Bid to Stop Oil Flow

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Robot submarines are carrying equipment
and cutting small pipes at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico,
preparing to place a cap-like containment valve over the blown-out
oil well.

An image from a live video feed the oil plume is seen on the BP.com website early Wednesday, May 26, 2010. The oil company planned a "top kill" designed to choke off the gusher of oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud and cement early Wednesday May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/BP.com)

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Robot submarines are carrying equipment
and cutting small pipes at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico,
preparing to place a cap-like containment valve over the blown-out
oil well.

Video feeds Monday showed the robots using a circular-saw-like
device to cut small pipes around a wider riser that is spewing oil
and gas.

BP spokesman Graham MacEwen said the robots were working to
clear the way to bring a larger, more powerful diamond-edged saw to
slice the leaking riser and place a cap on it.

The company says if successful, the cap could contain the
majority of the gushing oil and bring it to the surface. The
company could begin cutting into the riser as early as Wednesday.

Millions of gallons of oil have already leaked in the nation's
worst oil spill.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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