Posted: Jul 9, 2010 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal official leading the Gulf oil
spill cleanup says a new containment cap and an additional ship
collecting oil could effectively contain the spill as early as
National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Friday that the work
to replace a leaky containment cap on the well head with a tighter
one will begin Saturday.
At the same time, a ship connecting to a different part of leak
is expected to come online Sunday.
If all goes according to plan, the combination could collect all
of the oil leaking from the seafloor.
Work continues on what officials hope will be the ultimate
solution: a pair of relief wells intercepting the leaking well far
below the seafloor.