Containment Box Close To Being Placed Over Gulf Oil Leak

A 100-ton containment box is close to being in place over a blown-out well that's been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Douglas Peake, the first mate of the supply boat that brought the box to the site, confirmed a radio transmission from the nearby vessel lowering the device that said the device would be in position over the well soon.

The transmission said undersea robots were placing buoys around the main oil leak to act as markers to help line up the 40-foot box.

A crane late Thursday lowered the containment vessel designed to collect as much as 85 percent of the oil and funnel it up to a tanker. Such an operation has never been tried at that depth, about a mile down.

Oil giant BP PLC is in charge of cleaning up the mess. It was leasing a drilling rig that exploded 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • by Greenpeace Location: The Gulf on May 7, 2010 at 10:32 PM
    Well, the 4 story concrete box is in place now. That's one huge step. Here's hoping and praying thatthis solves the short term problem. And the cause of the explosion has been discovered, as well. It was caused by a methane gas bubble, which is one of the dangers of drilling. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh will be back with top secret info that there was a Greenpeace supporter inside the bubble. Talk about hot air causing explosive results, only Rush can top a Gulf oil rig explosion in that department. It really is ashamed that otherwise intelligent people believe the crap that spews from that blowhards mouth.

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