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Oil containment efforts were suspended twice on Tuesday

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Lightning strike started a fire aboard ship that resulted in nearly 5-hour suspension
  • Oil containment efforts were suspended twice Tuesday
  • Faulty sensor blamed for half-hour suspension

(CNN) -- Oil containment efforts were suspended twice on Tuesday, the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command said on its website.

In the latest report, a faulty sensor led officials aboard the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise to halt collection of oil from the ruptured well into a containment vessel located a mile below, on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

Collection resumed after 30 minutes, the command said on its website.

Officials had reported earlier in the day that a nearly five-hour suspension of oil-containment efforts occurred after a lightning strike started a fire aboard the ship. The containment resumed at 2:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. ET), the website said.

From midnight to noon on Tuesday, about 5,610 barrels of oil were collected, it said.

On Monday, about 15,420 barrels of oil were collected and 33.2 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared, it said.

In all, the containment system has collected about 149,900 barrels of oil.