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Tube fails to help contain oil, but BP will try again

BP said Saturday it failed in its first attempt to contain a massive oil spill by drawing crude from the blown-out well through a mile-long tube, but would try again overnight.

The oil giant's workers are using remotely operated submarines in their attempt to thread the tube into the leaking riser pipe — now crumpled on the Gulf of Mexico seabed — that once linked the well with the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. If operators can make that connection, they plan to pull the crude into a tanker on the surface.

The initial attempt to thread the tube into the riser failed because of a problem joining two pieces of equipment, which had to be brought to the surface for adjustments, said Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/deepwaterhorizon/7006870.html

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