NEW ORLEANS – Oil is once again gushing heavily from the BP oil spill site today after the company was forced to remove the containment cap when a robotic submarine hit a vent. The news came on the heels of tragedy as officials also reported two deaths of people who had been hired for the response effort. One died in a swimming accident; the other was an operator of a boat, he said. In total 13 people have died in relation to this BP disaster. 11 crew members of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and today’s 2 deaths.
BP hoped to reinstall the cap later Wednesday after fixing the vent and checking for safety.
When the robot bumped the system, gas rose through the vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the cap, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.
Also today, the embattled oil giant tapped its managing director to lead a new and permanent oil disaster organization in the Gulf. Dudley was appointed president and chief executive officer of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, BP said in a statement.
Dudley said the new organization was designed to enable BP to push more of the company’s resources toward the overall recovery effort and to make sure the claims process is transferred smoothly to Kenneth Feinberg, the independent director of BP’s $20 billion compensation fund.