A diamond-edged industrial saw that became stuck as it carved through a mangled pipe has been freed by BP, which is trying to continue to slice through the pipe and cap the well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP spokesman Mark Proegler said Wednesday afternoon that the company is working out some logistical issues. The plan calls for fitting a cap over the newly sliced pipe so that most of the gushing oil can be captured.
The stuck saw was the latest in a series of setbacks in the attempt to stop this environmental disaster, which has been unfolding since April 20 and is not expected to be fully halted for months — until after relief wells being dug by BP are completed. An attempt to stop the spill by pumping a mud mixture into the well failed last week, leading to the current effort, being performed by BP robots.