Posted: Jun 15, 2010 1:35 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
BP says a fire believed caused by lightning has shut down a system capturing oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP PLC said the fire was spotted around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday on a drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished.
BP says were no injuries, and all procedures were followed and, as a precaution, a system siphoning oil from a containment cap above the well was shut-down.
BP says the capture operation is expected to resume later Tuesday.