BP has once again resumed collecting oil and gas from its leaking Gulf of Mexico well after re-positioning its containment cap.
Siphoning operations were shut down earlier on Wednesday after a robotic submarine apparently crashed in to it. It means that for several hours oil was once again spewing unchecked into the Gulf.
As efforts to stop the spill resume, BP has also attempted to improve its image in the US.
It has now announced that American Bob Dudley is taking over the day to day control of the containment operation. He is replacing the much criticised BP chief Tony Hayward.
The official line is that Briton Hayward needs to concentrate on other aspects of BP’s business. But he has also been behind a series of PR gaffes, the latest on Saturday when images of him enjoying himself at a yacht race round the Isle of Wight provoked fury.