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BP in middle of 1st cut to contain Gulf oil

PORT FOURCHON, La. — Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen is saying that BP is in the middle of its first major pipe cut in the company’s latest bid to contain the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.Allen, the national incident commander, said Tuesday that it could be as many as three days before oil can be contained and siphoned to the surface. BP has another major cut to do before a cap can be lowered on to the leak.It’s the company’s latest attempt to contain the leak. The effort to plug the spill failed over the weekend and the best chance to stop the gusher is now at least two months away.