May 11, 2010 5:05 PM by Melissa Canone
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - A BP spokesman says a second,
smaller oil containment box known as a "top hat" is being brought
to the site of a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Spokesman Bill Salvin tells The Associated Press the box will be
lowered to the seafloor, away from the plume, on Tuesday. He says
undersea robots will position it over the gusher by Thursday.
The box is on a vessel in the containment zone right now. Salvin
says the box won't be placed over the well right away so engineers
can configure it properly and avoid the same kind of ice crystal
buildup that stymied their first attempt at using a larger box.
More than 4 million gallons of oil have spewed from the well
since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20. That
total could eclipse the Exxon Valdez disaster by Father's Day.