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Fire On BP Containment Vessel Stops Oil Collection Process

A BP owned containment vessel ceased its collect oil in the Gulf of Mexico after a bolt of lightning struck the ship and setting off a fire. Reports indicate that the fire occurred in a vent pipe leading from a tank on the ship (called “Enterprise”) where processed oil is stored. Video of the Ali Velshi‘s report for CNN is below.

Writing for the Associated Press, Ray Henry reports:

A bolt of lightning struck the ship capturing oil from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, igniting a fire that halted containment efforts in another setback for the embattled company in its nearly two-month struggle to stop the spill, the company said.

The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. BP said it hopes to resume containing oil from the well sometime Tuesday afternoon.

The fire occurred on the Discoverer Enterprise, where engineers are siphoning about 630,000 gallons of oil a day through a cap on top of the well.

“At the moment, there’s no capture, no containment going on, but we’ll start up the Enterprise when it’s safe to do so,” BP spokesman Robert Wine said.

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