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June 1st, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Can 'cut and cap' work to stop oil leak?

(CNN) – If BP's "cut and cap" operation can't stop the Gulf oil leak this week, what's the next step? A relief well won't be finished until August and that's not even guaranteed to work. What about BP's claim that all the spilled oil is on the surface of the Gulf and not in underwater plumes, despite claims to the contrary by scientists? Bob Dudley is BP's managing director and he joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to answer our questions.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. bruce burdick

    remove the old flang bolts-bolt on a new flang with a shut off &close the valve!-realy simple! fast &cheap-how about that!

    June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  2. Wayne

    Would it be possible to put a suction hose with an inflatable bag/ stopper around it, inside the ruptured pipe. The bag would then be pressured up to fill the space between the ruptured pipe and the hose. The other end of the hose would of course be attached to a pump on a surface ship. If there are any concerns about the pipe rupturing further we could possible put a metal retainer ring or crescent around the ruptured pipe to take the load once the bag is fully pressured.

    June 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  3. Robm

    Why can't BP detach the top portion of the riser where they are looking to cut it. There appears to be several large bolts holding it on. Can the bolts be removed and then a new fixed replace it. I am sure there is a good reason but have not heard it yet. Love to hear everyone's thoughts.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  4. randy

    why didnt b p pump hot water down as top hat went down and formed ice

    June 1, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  5. ddmobile1

    by cutting off damaged pipe, could it be possible that it would unbind the BOP and allow the rams to work?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  6. Stephen Jackson

    How much oil is being recovered now and what more could be done to recover oil and cleanup the oil in the water before it reaches the land?

    June 1, 2010 at 10:05 am |