BP yanks containment cap after problem, oil flows unimpeded into the Gulf

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Raw Story.com
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Oil gushed unchecked Wednesday from the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico after BP’s containment system was removed for repairs when a robotic submarine crashed into it, US officials said.

“We had an incident earlier today, they noticed that there was some kind of a gas rising,” said Admiral Thad Allen, the US official coordinating the response to the disaster.

“They indicated the problem was a remotely-operated vehicle had bumped into one of the vents,” Allen said, adding that the “top hat” container was being checked and could be reinstalled later Wednesday.

That would leave crude gushing into the ocean at a rate of between 30,000 to 60,000 barrels a day, according to the latest US government estimates. The containment system had been capturing roughly 25,000 barrels every 24 hours.

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