COVINGTON, Louisiana - Robot submarines are carrying equipment and cutting small pipes at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, preparing to place a cap-like containment valve over the blown-out oil well.
Video feeds Monday showed the robots using a circular-saw-like device to cut small pipes around a wider riser that is spewing oil and gas.
BP spokesman Graham MacEwen said the robots were working to clear the way to bring a larger, more powerful diamond-edged saw to slice the leaking riser and place a cap on it.
The company says if successful, the cap could contain the majority of the gushing oil and bring it to the surface. The company could begin cutting into the riser as early as Wednesday.
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