After lodging a diamond studded saw a mile underneath the ocean into the riser pipe, BP managed to finnish their cut. Initial reports from the New York Times suggest the saw actually became mired in the very same junk BP injected into the leak in hopes of jamming it. The Wall Street Journal reports,
Overnight, the response team was able to “successfully” make the first shear cut of the pipe, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the spill, said at a news conference in Houma, La., Wednesday morning.
However, a specialized saw had got stuck while making a second fine cut that is needed before a containment device can be put in place.
Adm. Allen said the goal was to finish the cut by the end of the day Wednesday. A containment device would go over the top of the wellhead once the second cut is complete and is designed to channel oil up to a ship on the surface.
Meanwhile, Louisiana’s Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, said Wednesday that the White House approved a longstanding request to force BP to pay for another five sand barriers designed to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil.