BP is finally cutting the riser

Finally BP is cutting the riser coming off of the top of the BOP. I’ve been watching them work off and on all day. It has been impressive while at the same time sad.

It looks like they are about half way through right now.

They are using a CUT tool with a diamond wire saw (like a horizontal band saw to cut through the riser pipe). Something to remember….I’m pretty sure that there is still a drill pipe stuck inside the riser and the BOP so that is something else they have to cut through.

Here’s an up to date picture as of 11:19pm Texas time.
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/6074/cuttingthroughriser.jpg

This second picture is what the riser looked like with the CUT tool attached before it began cutting.
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/4462/cuttingriserontopofbop6.jpg

Come on BP, get that shit sealed off and pumping to the surface tankers.

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