In Pictures: Cutting the Riser

Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The series of images below were captured on June 1st and 2nd from the live ROV feed provided through the BP web site. The images show the ROVs working to cut the riser flowing oil from the Macondo well.

Cutting the first segment away (5-6pm CDT June 1)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

The cut complete (5-6pm CDT June 1)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

The segment removed (5-6pm CDT June 1)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

Beginning the next cut (5-6pm CDT June 1)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

Completing the next cut (5-6pm CDT June 1)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

In with the shears (8-9am CDT June 2)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

Shearing the pipe (8-9am CDT June 2)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

Wider view of cut area and shears (8-9am CDT June 2)
cutting Deepwater Horizon riser

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