BP's immediate goal was to finish severing the damaged pipe later Wednesday. The risky "cut and cap" operation then calls for engineers to place a custom fit cap over the well stub.
The plan is for the cuts to leave a nice, almost-polished surface, said Bernard Philippe, general manager of Cutting Underwater Tech USA Inc. Precision is key in order for the cap to fit snugly and stop the oil, he said.
"It is fraught with difficulty," Philippe said. "This doesn't happen every day of the week, as you know. We have to plot our way through this and not make it any worse than it is."
Looks like the saw jammed up & was stopped 2 times today.
The biggest fear is if they can't get this method to work, then the flow has been increased by 20%.
Meanwhile Tony Hayward apologized for his off the wall remark:
I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that "I wanted my life back." When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP -- many of whom live and work in the Gulf -- who are doing everything they can to make things right. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families -- to restore their lives, not mine.
Thanks for the apology Tony, but you forgot to mention the entire Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the wildlife too. They are/were living entities as well.