Sep 3, 2010 12:08 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A vessel has latched onto a key piece of
evidence in the oil spill investigation so crews can raise the
300-ton device to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
BP says the Helix Q4000 latched onto the blowout preventer a
mile beneath the sea on Friday morning.
The plan is to replace the failed blowout preventer first to
deal with any pressure that is caused when a relief well BP has
been drilling intersects the blown-out well.
Once that intersection occurs, BP is expected to use mud and
cement to plug the blown-out well for good from the bottom.
On Thursday, a temporary cap that stopped oil from gushing into
the Gulf in mid-July was removed. No more oil is expected to leak
into the sea.
An April 20 rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to 206
million gallons of oil spewing from BP's well.