Good work BP engineers.
Nearly a month into their quest to contain a gushing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP officials had their first major success Sunday, when robots threaded a thin tube into a broken pipeline almost a mile underwater.
The tube was expected to work like a straw, sucking as much as 85 percent of the leaking oil into a tanker on the surface. After a failed first attempt Saturday, followed by a successful insertion that was subsequently dislodged, BP found that the third time was the charm.
“We’re obviously pleased,” BP spokesman John Crabtree said. “It’s progress.”
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