Cutting the riser

Cut one
Large shears snip off most of damaged riser 1 3 LMRP cap lowered on riser stub; siphons oil to surface

How BP says remote submarines are cutting the bent riser pipe before lowering a containment, or LMRP, cap on top of the gushing oil well:

Cut two
Riser 2 Diamond wire saw cuts riser near top of blowout preventer

BOP

What’s being cut

Riser • 20 in. (51 cm) wide • 1 in. (2.5 cm) wall Oil pipe inside riser • 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) wide; • 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) wall
© 2010 MCT Source: BP Graphic: Melina Yingling, Judy Treible

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