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1 BP holds breath as pipe cap begins capturing oil
by Allen Johnson, AFP
2 hrs 25 mins ago
|NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – In the first breakthrough in its laborious bid to curb the worst US spill in history, BP said Friday a cap placed on a ruptured pipe was working and should capture most of the oil.
The news came as US President Barack Obama was heading back to the stricken Gulf of Mexico region for his third visit since an explosion tore through the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig more than six weeks ago.
Remote-controlled submarines grappled the cap into place over a sawn-off riser pipe nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) below the surface late Thursday — in the latest of several attempts to contain the oil belching into the Gulf.