BP slices oil pipe in significant step forward

BP's underwater robots accept succeeded in shearing through the aqueduct aloft a blown-out able-bodied in the Gulf of Mexico, the top U.S. official administering the cleanup said on Thursday.BP had to use the shears afterwards a diamond-tipped saw became ashore in the aqueduct center through the job, yet addition arresting adjournment in six weeks of bootless efforts to stop, or at atomic curtail, the affliction oil discharge in U.S. history.We accept aloof cut the riser aqueduct off of the lower abyssal riser package," said Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, speaking at a conference in Metairie, La. He alleged the success a "significant footfall forward," and said a cap to accommodate the oil was over the discharge and would be bargain “in the abutting brace of hours.However, Allen warned that the aqueduct cut was aberrant and agreement a cap over the gusher would now be added challenging.It won't be accepted how abundant oil BP can carry to the apparent until the cap is fitted, but the aberrant cut agency that the fit won't be as close as admiral had hoped.