Cap over leaking well removed after gas problem

(AP) - The Coast Guard says BP has been forced toremove a cap that was containing some of the oil gushing into theGulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says an underwater robot bumped intothe venting system. That sent gas rising through vent that carrieswarm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in thecap.

Allen says the cap has been removed and crews are checking tosee if crystals have formed before putting it back on. In themeantime, a different system is still burning oil on the surface.

Before the problem with the containment cap, it had collectedabout 700,000 gallons of oil in the previous 24 hours. Another438,000 gallons was burned.

The current worst-case estimate of what's spewing into the Gulfis about 2.5 million gallons a day.

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