Posted: Apr 27, 2010 1:24 PM by Melissa Canone
Updated: Apr 27, 2010 1:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP says crews will begin drilling later this
week to try and take the pressure off of a blown-out well spewing
42,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP was leasing the Deepwater Horizon, the offshore oil rig that
exploded last week, triggering the spill. Company spokesman Robert
Wine said it will take up to three months to drill a relief well
from another rig recently brought to the site where the Deepwater
Horizon sank after the blast.
Most of the 126 workers on board escaped; 11 are missing and
presumed dead. No cause has been determined.
If the well cannot be closed, almost 100,000 barrels of oil
could spill into the Gulf before the relief well is operating.
That's 4.2 million gallons.