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WASHINGTON/PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana (Reuters) - Lawmakers on Wednesday pressed oil executives about flaws in an important safety device on a blown-out Gulf of Mexico well as BP pushed another effort to control a huge oil spill that threatens an environmental disaster.

BP Plc, operator of the oil well off Louisiana's coast, said it hoped to have a small containment dome in place by late Thursday, its latest attempt to staunch the roughly 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) of crude gushing from the well per day.

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