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Efforts to capture oil leaking from the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a setback Wednesday, after an underwater robot bumped into the venting system of a containment cap — forcing BP to temporarily remove its latest effort to capture the millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf. Henry Fountain covers science and engineering for The New York Times. April’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has continued to raise questions about the oil industry’s ability to manage the challenges and risks involved in drilling miles below the ocean floor to reach highly pressurized oil deposits. Science reporter Henry Fountain has been covering the environmental disaster for The New York Times. In an interview with Fresh Air’s Dave Davies, Fountain explains how deep-water drilling works thousands of feet below sea level and what may have gone wrong on the Deepwater Horizon. MORE

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