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May 13, 2010 6:33 PM by Letitia Walker

BP May Try "Junk Shot"

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - BP might wind up shooting junk of all shapes

and sizes to plug the nooks and crannies in a giant piece of

machinery that's allowing some of the oil to escape into the Gulf

of Mexico.

In the aptly named "junk shot," engineers would shoot pieces

of tires, golf balls, knotted rope and other items into the blowout

preventer sitting atop the well.

They'll try one carefully selected mix in hopes the right sizes

of junk make their way to the appropriate holes. Officials may have

to try a few different mixes before it works, if it works at all.

Once the leak is clogged, heavy mud will be poured in. It would

then be sealed off with cement.

The technique has been used before, including to plug wells in

Kuwait during the first Gulf War. But BP scientists warn it's never

been tried 5,000 feet under the sea.

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