June 2nd, 2010
05:34 PM ET

BP frees cutter from damaged pipe

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/02/gulf.oil.spill/t1larg.cut.cap.cnn.jpg caption="BP's immediate goal is to finish severing damaged riser pipe later Wednesday" width=300 height=169]

BP was able to free a snared cutter Wednesday that had stalled an attempt to cap the undersea gusher responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A live undersea video feed showed the high-tech diamond-tipped cutter no longer stuck in a damaged riser pipe. It was unclear when BP would resume slicing off the pipe and position a containment dome on oil from gushing out the ruptured well.

BP's latest attempt to control the spill came as the Florida Panhandle braced for oil slinking onto white sand beaches and as the federal government closed off more of the Gulf for fishing.

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  1. Bryan

    Tony Hayward is ridiculous and BP would be best served if they handed him his walking papers quickly. (with no golden parachute). This entire disaster stinks of conspiracy. Why would some of the smartest minds in the oil business not have had a contingency paln for such an event and why would some of the smartest minds in the oil industry not had the manpower, technology and smarts to have stop this catastrophy by now. This "...small amount of oil..." (in Haywards previous words) is going to be felt daily by millions for years to come. Fire Hayward immediately!

    June 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm |