June 19th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

BP oil collection interrupted

BP stopped recovering oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday night because of a problem aboard the drilling ship Discover Enterprise, said Ayla Kelley, spokesperson for the Deepwater Horizon Command Center. Oil collection stopped for 10 hours, resuming at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.


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  1. Phillip Bell

    Join our Facebook boycott of BP:

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=116094405092992

    June 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      June 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      June 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Might it be that a boycott of BP, if successful, would conceivably render it insolvent and thus not able to pay for the coasts associated with the leak?

      June 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fish Lover

      http://www.tranquilitytanks.net
      Experience The POWER Of Nature!!

      June 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      I hope everyone realizes that unless you're planning on powering your vehicle with Hopes, Dreams, and Unicorn Farts, the only way to avoid Gasoline made with BP Oil is to simply not drive. If BP doesn't have enough gasoline demands for the oil they have, they simply sell the oil to a different refiner. Please note this isn't an exclusive practice for BP, all oil companies do this.

      Furthermore, a simply Boycott of BP Gas Stations is not going to hurt the companies bottom line at all, but it WILL hurt your own local economies and the Gas Station owners and employees who WILL be negatively impacted.

      In general, the "Boycott BP" Brigade is simply a snap-judgement over-emotional call by a bunch of internet Cause-Heads who spearhead every Facebook post with "Come on Gang, lets do THIS now". It simply won't have any negative impact on BP at all. And really, even if it did, don't you think that BP losing revenue right now is the worst possible thing that can happen with all of their financial obligations in regards to this crisis?

      Really people....think!

      June 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • massbytes

      If you understood anything about an oil company you would see how futile and stupid a boycott is. Get a grip. I assume you use no fossil fuels? Sure you don't.

      June 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • woodlandstx

      But, at least he's got his life back. ....

      June 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      If we're going to have a capitalist system, boycotts need to be a part of it. Yes, I know a boycott hurts the stations owners. It hurts a lot of people, and that's the entire point. When people feel pain they react to that pain. Perhaps the station owners will tell corporate to be safer. Perhaps the shareholders will demand better safety and accountability from all oil companies. The WORST thing you can do is to say "oh well, there's nothing I can do".

      Even if BP goes out of business, so what? It's not like all of their assets and wells are just shut down. Another company bids on them and buys them. The proceeds go to pay off creditors and the people who were damaged by the accident. That's the way it's supposed to work. Capitalism without consequences is a VERY dangerous situation.

      June 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Berter

      I support BP

      June 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CNN Fan

      That is a really cool website! It really puts in perspective what is happening in the Gulf!

      RE :http://www.tranquilitytanks.net
      Experience The POWER Of Nature!!

      June 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      You're completely missing the point Jeff. If your boycott DOESN'T hurt BP, but DOES hurt independent owners, then your boycott is worse than worthless...you have punished the wrong people, and nobody learned their lesson...and in the end, the only person that feels better is you. And for what? So you can sit there, climb upon the High Horse of Righteous Indignation and say "Look what I did for the good of the world! Look how wonderful I am!"

      Meanwhile, if you're still using any form of oil at all, either in your own vehicle or in public transportation, you are STILL supporting BP and using their product.

      June 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      if the BP's wellhead won't be closed NOW it might spill in the sea over 100,000,000 more gallons of oil in the next two months with the oil spill that will reach the Atlantic ocean and over
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      June 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BreakingNewsBlog.us

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      In the past TWO months (and also in the next TWO months) BP has adopted (and will adopt) >>> ONLY <<< its own (and ALL failed) "methods" COMPLETELY IGNORING all the (SEVERAL THOUSANDS) ideas and suggestions that they have (FALSELY) asked for, from experts and common people.
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      So, the BP's "ask for ideas" was/is/will be a total LIE and the 200,000,000 gallons of oil (already gushed or that will be spilled in the ocean in the next months) will be a complete BP's responsibility, since, it would AVOIDED, if BP would adopt one of the dozens possible ideas able to STOP the oil spill from the EARLY DAYS like (e.g.) "crimping" the damaged oil riser, using one or more of its giant SHEARS rather than cut the riser forever.
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      June 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • madmax265

      joined every one hates bp now..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o7BpCnYF0g

      June 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica

    THE BRITISH ARE TAKING A TEA BREAK UNTIL 4 PM...!!

    June 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Like it really matters, the oil collector is gathering like less than 10% of the oil coming out of the well... it really is making little or no difference... Criminals

      June 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • I.H

      Yeah, those stupid Limey's.....! oh, actually, BP's 39% American.... and it's actually called 'Beyond Petroleum'

      Never let a PRIVATE company, or fact, stand in the way of xenophobia!

      June 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmy

      and crumpits ???

      June 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Red Rose hopefully,

      June 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • I.H. is wrong

      BP doesn't stand for "Beyond Petroleum". BP originally meant "British Petroleum". They officially renamed themselves "BP" and used "Beyond Petroleum" for marketing purposes. "BP" was never intended to be "Beyond Petroleum",

      June 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Art

    And we thought we were so smart with that Tea Party thing back in the 1700s. I guess the Brits never forget!

    June 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. R. Unger

    Wait until the LMR is broken, which I hear will happen soon and the pipe under might already have failed.. That will increase the flow to 100,000 barrels a day. That might never happen, but this was a well in trouble before the accident happened. LMR is the Lower Marine Riser which is the BOP. What would happen if the pipe under that failed? That is why they have not closed all the vents on the cap. The pressure might blow off the BOP and leave a hole in the ground. Can you cap that?

    June 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robin

    FOR OIL THIRSTY, USA & UK UNILATERALLY INVADED IRAQ, CAUSING ENORMOUS SUFFERINGS TO ENTIRE IRAQ PEOPLE – THOUSANDS KILLED & MILLIONS AFFECTED.
    NOW, AGAIN THE SAME OIL, SPILT THE SAME NATIONS, USA & UK, CAUSING ENORMOUS SUFFERINGS TO BOTH OF THEIR PEOPLE & THE ENVIRONMENT.
    – IS IT THE VERDICT OF THE GOD. DOES IT MEAN NO ONE CAN ESCAPE FROM THEIR SINS?

    June 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • red

      were all goin to hell anyway.... whats the point

      June 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      God has nothing to do with this, this was man. With 6 billion people on earth, and do you really think there is a god making a list of who's naughty and nice? Really? Small people with smaller minds......

      June 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven M.

      Sure, Robin....that's EXACTLY what it means. I'm grateful there is at least ONE rocket scientist among us that could figure that out, all on their own.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robin-You-Are-Feeble-Minded

      Robin – you are a great example of how ignorant and stupid people can become when given the chance. Bravo!

      June 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      LOL yep, the invisible man in the sky is punishing the ocean, animals and all marine life to teach man a lesson.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ICanRead

      Actually the US has gotten very little oil from Iraq. I'm a liberal, but Saddam kept violating the UN sanctions against him, firing at U.S. planes, and on and on. Also, remember that this guy killed and tortured thousands of his citizens, even little children. The didn't hang that guy fast enough for me.

      June 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      it was THOR fighting the gods of thunder

      June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • macs

      Well, I don't think the people of the USA or UK as a whole, are suffering "enormously" as you said. I think it's mainly hurting the people along the coastlines where the oil is washing up. These fishermen are facing ruin due to this disaster.

      June 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1982.

      Hi Robin. 1981 here. I was wondering if I could get my CAPS ONLY computer keyboard back. Thanks.

      June 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Thats right!

      June 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. R. Unger

    @Robin, no one reads posts that call people idiots or morons or that use all caps. At least I don't. Send that in English and i would love to read your post.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Your a bigger idiot then the rest, BOO HOO you used caps!Bury your head in the sand!!!

      June 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • nicole

      i bet you read it...

      June 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ben J

    Yes, this is very sinful. Spoken like a true Allah.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Really7

    My email sent to AllThingsJohnAndersonCooper - START DEMONSTRATING EVERYONE IN YOUR COMMUNITIES TO HAVE THE OIL STOPPED NOW – BLOW UP THE WELL HEAD AND PERMANENTLY STOP IT NOW!!!!

    John, forgive me if I'm not up on twitter, Facebook, or other web blogs but I'll try this simple email to communicate with you – a first for me. John, what happened??? I've been following you for years and appreciate you for really trying to get at the heart of the news that we want to know. But now, I'm am confused at your frustration in reporting the Gulf Oil Spill and your investigative questions. THE single most critical factor in the gulf oil spill is the fact that the oil is still coming out of that pipe/hole. Yet, most of the news (99%) now, including yours is on the impacts and recovery. The news on that critical factor somehow has gotten lost while we 'wait' for the next 'solution' in July-August thus turning the attention back to the impacts and recovery. You have been showing quite clearly your frustrations on the lack of info available to you and the media as well as alot of personal commentary on your frustrations.

    What I am frustrated with you now is the fact that you've seemed to have channeled that frustration and energy away from what is the most critical factor – stopping the oil from coming out. I would ask – no beg – you to please put your energy and focus on why many of us are now believing that the oil leak could be stopped by blowing up and destroying the line permanently shutting it down, and why this option has not been done yet.

    Those of us without enough information otherwise have now deducted that this option has not been done yet and thus we're waiting for another solution (relief drilling) that keeps the drill hole operational is because a) the disaster recovery will have to be financed by the oil collected (both from what has already come out of the ground and by what is still in there that can be collected in the future), and so that BP/and our country does not lose the resource and economic benefits from that large oil deposit. The fact that the permanent closure to the oil head leaves all of us to believe then that the solution to shutting down this oil gushing is driven by money (once again) – a decision then that should be made by more than just BP and those 'in charge' of the operation. Please, John – do what you do best and investigate the reasons why this option has not yet been done and let those of us who follow you understand and be informed by your findings.

    I am about to start up a demonstration in my community here in Cambridge MA and my recently past community of Boulder CO to start protesting to demand a stop to this oil NOW if there is not some reason to believe this wait is not driven by $$$.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven M.

      You don't seriously think that John Anderson Cooper, while at work or off work, reads every oil spill article and it's respective "Comments" section to see if anyone is trying to get in touch with him, do you?

      June 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really7

      Steven M. – this was just a copy of what I sent to him on his Twitter and his own website ... I can only hope so.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. D.

      Ooh..a demonstration! That way you don't actually have to do anything about the real problem, and still feel self righteous about it. Demonstrators are the biggest cowards. Either get off your tush and stop the leak, clean beaches, pelicans, etc, or just stay home and shut up.

      June 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pwilson

    Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran

    Kurt Nimmo
    Infowars.com
    June 19, 2010

    More than twelve U.S. and Israeli warships, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and are headed for the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.

    Egyptians report the armada includes a U.S. aircraft carrier.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Egyptian opposition members criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the passage of the ships through Egyptian territorial waters. The Red Sea is the most direct route to the Persian Gulf from the Mediterranean.

    Retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that “the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region,” according to Yedioth Internet, an Israeli news site.

    The passage of a warship armada through the Suez Canal and headed for the Persian Gulf and Iran is apparently not deemed important enough to be reported by the corporate media in the United States.

    Egypt recently rejected an Israeli request to prevent Gaza aid ships from passing through the Suez Canal. According to a report by al-Jazeera, Israel appealed to Egyptians asking them to prevent the passage of Iranian ships through the Suez Canal. The Egyptians responded that due to international agreements on movement through the Suez Canal, Egypt cannot prevent ships from passing through the canal unless a ship belongs to a state that is at war with Egypt. Iran and Egypt are not at war.

    The United States and Israel, the sole nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, have not ruled out a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.

    A number of Israeli politicians and scholars have admitted Israel has used its nuclear weapons for “compellent purposes,” in short forcing others to accept Israeli political demands.

    Israel’s threats to use nuclear weapons have increased significantly since it was discovered in 2002 that Iran was building uranium enrichment facilities. Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “called on the international community to target Iran as soon as the imminent conflict with Iraq is complete,” the Sunday Times reported on November 5, 2002. The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.

    A d v e r t i s e m e n t
    Earlier this month Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. “In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran,” the Sunday Times reported on June 12. On June 14, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf issued a categorical denial of the report.

    On June 17, Iran’s parliament warned it will respond in kind to inspection of its ships under a fourth round of sanctions imposed on the country by the UN Security Council. “Even if one Iranian ship is stopped for security-check, we will act likewise and thoroughly inspect any (western) ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said.

    Also on Saturday, Iran accused the United States of “deception” and insisted its missile program is for self-defense after a top U.S. official claimed that Iran had the capacity to attack Europe. “The Islamic Republic’s missile capability has been designed and implemented to defend against any military aggression and it does not threaten any nation,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in a statement carried by state media.

    Vahidi announced on April 10 that Iran will use all available options to defend itself if the country comes under a military attack. “Americans have said they will use all options against Iran, we announce that we will use all options to defend ourselves,” Vahidi told the Tehran Times.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pwilson

    Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran

    Kurt Nimmo
    Infowars.com
    June 19, 2010

    More than twelve U.S. and Israeli warships, including an aircraft carrier, passed through the Suez Canal on Friday and are headed for the Red Sea. “According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years,” reported the London-based newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi on Saturday.

    Egyptians report the armada includes a U.S. aircraft carrier.

    The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Egyptian opposition members criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the passage of the ships through Egyptian territorial waters. The Red Sea is the most direct route to the Persian Gulf from the Mediterranean.

    Retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that “the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region,” according to Yedioth Internet, an Israeli news site.

    The passage of a warship armada through the Suez Canal and headed for the Persian Gulf and Iran is apparently not deemed important enough to be reported by the corporate media in the United States.

    Egypt recently rejected an Israeli request to prevent Gaza aid ships from passing through the Suez Canal. According to a report by al-Jazeera, Israel appealed to Egyptians asking them to prevent the passage of Iranian ships through the Suez Canal. The Egyptians responded that due to international agreements on movement through the Suez Canal, Egypt cannot prevent ships from passing through the canal unless a ship belongs to a state that is at war with Egypt. Iran and Egypt are not at war.

    The United States and Israel, the sole nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, have not ruled out a military strike to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.

    A number of Israeli politicians and scholars have admitted Israel has used its nuclear weapons for “compellent purposes,” in short forcing others to accept Israeli political demands.

    Israel’s threats to use nuclear weapons have increased significantly since it was discovered in 2002 that Iran was building uranium enrichment facilities. Israel’s former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “called on the international community to target Iran as soon as the imminent conflict with Iraq is complete,” the Sunday Times reported on November 5, 2002. The United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003.

    Earlier this month Israel leaked to the press that they had permission from Saudi Arabia to use their air space to attack Iran. “In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran,” the Sunday Times reported on June 12. On June 14, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to UK Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf issued a categorical denial of the report.

    On June 17, Iran’s parliament warned it will respond in kind to inspection of its ships under a fourth round of sanctions imposed on the country by the UN Security Council. “Even if one Iranian ship is stopped for security-check, we will act likewise and thoroughly inspect any (western) ship passing through the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz,” member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Ebrahimi said.

    Also on Saturday, Iran accused the United States of “deception” and insisted its missile program is for self-defense after a top U.S. official claimed that Iran had the capacity to attack Europe. “The Islamic Republic’s missile capability has been designed and implemented to defend against any military aggression and it does not threaten any nation,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in a statement carried by state media.

    Vahidi announced on April 10 that Iran will use all available options to defend itself if the country comes under a military attack. “Americans have said they will use all options against Iran, we announce that we will use all options to defend ourselves,” Vahidi told the Tehran Times.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. R. Unger

    OMG did you research your solution at all? The pipe is hardened steel and will shatter and not crush and stop the leak. It would also shatter the sea floor and turn 1 leak into thousands. Did you do any research at all? Blowing stuff up did not work in Iraq or Afghanistan but now it will work? I guess that in your mind all things can be solved with violence.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really7

      I've read that this technique has been used several times in the oceans of Russia – and successfully.

      June 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Unger

      My reply was to Really and not pwilson who mis-posted I guess.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Yeah... see, the assumption everyone's making about these Russian nuke-jobs is that the situation is identical in the Gulf. The facts are, though, that the drill pipe is of a different material, and the bedrock is of a different composition, as well. It will not react in the same way that the Russian wells did. It's uber-fun to pretend you know more than the engineers working on the problem... and it's a fantastic way to politicize this whole catastrophe to point-fingers and claim "They're not doing everything they could be!!!!!!!" but if you're not either a geologist, a materials engineer, or a nuclear physicist, you probably should avoid pretending you have anywhere near the expertise to weigh in on the "nuclear option" intelligently. Having read a few reports (most of which were published online, by the way) about something they did in Russia years ago doesn't qualify as 'research'.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Coleman, Pittsburg, Kansas

      This has been done in Russa using a small nuke which sealed the leak by melting the sea floor in the area.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Unger

      @Adam, I loved your post. Good point.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really7

      Adam – just one of many articles I'm reading including the inputs from comment sections -http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-05/can-explosives-stop-the-oil-spill/

      And ... that's why I was asking for some legitimate investigative reporting to actually be done to sort out this out for those of us trying to understand what's going on with so little info on the actually leak.

      June 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thelma Heywood

    From the Newsfish: I would like to comment, but there's an ad about tbs presents "Just for laughs" that will not leave me space to write and there is no exit unless I order! 🙁 I would like to know more about whether Halliburton had any role in running the rig that exploded. That name keeps popping up in all sorts of places. I hope I can post this.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Unger

      They did the cementing of the well which should have prevented the blow-out, but it seems that a BP executive over-ruled their decisions on testing and confirming that the cementing was OK.

      June 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 3seven0

    The well head pipe is compromised under the sea floor. They are not trying to cap it. Relief wells are what they are concentrating on now. That and conatining what is leaking. If you read the articles listed you will know much much more than it just being a leaking pipe.

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    perfectservicesco.com/id62.html

    June 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. R. Unger

    I heard that the BOP had moved, if that is true then the LMR could fail and then we would have just a hole in the sea floor gushing oil.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elaine W Krause

    Are we SURE they've resumed collection? And are we SURE they're collecting as much as they claim? Without the live feed(s), how can you tell?

    June 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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