BP Oil Well Cap Removal Delayed by High Seas

In this image taken from video provided by BP PLC at 3:25 p.m. EDT, the containment stack is shown at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday, July 17, 2010. BP's 48-hour trial run of a cap blocking oil from streaming into the Gulf of Mexico has ended with no word on what happens next. BP spokesman Daren Beaudo said Saturday afternoon the company would communicate if the trial was stopped. With no word from BP as 3:25 p.m. EDT passed, video footage showed the well was still plugged. (AP Photo/BP PLC) NO SALES
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BP PLC says high seas on the Gulf of Mexico have delayed operations to raise the piece of equipment from the seabed that failed to prevent the massive oil spill.

The oil giant, in a Twitter posting Monday, did not say how long the delay would be.

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Engineers were supposed to begin the process Monday of removing the temporary cap that stopped more oil from flowing into the sea in July. That was to be a prelude to removing the failed blowout preventer, which is a key piece of evidence in ongoing investigations.

A new blowout preventer will be placed atop the well. After that, the goal is to drill the final 50 feet of a relief well. Engineers will then pump in mud and cement.