BP meets setback with containment cap, head of spill response team replaced

13:04, June 24, 2010      

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Leaking oil is seen in the image grabbed from the BP's live video feed monitoring the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico,June 23,2010 0.British oil giant BP said Wednesday it suspended the operation of an oil containment cap in the Gulf of Mexico after a discharge of liquids was observed.(Xinhua/BP LIVE FEED)

BP met another setback with its oil-containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when it removed a cap that had been sucking oil from an underwater gusher to one of the two ships on the Gulf surface for inspection.

The operation of its oil containment cap system was suspended after an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV) collided with the cap, said U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the U.S. national commander for the oil spill.

The ROV accidentally closed a vent on the cap, disrupting the system that funnels oil to the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, said Allen. But he said oil was not spilling "unconstrained" because it continued to flow through a second containment system to a drilling rig that was flaring it.

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