BP to try capping oil leak Thursday

Posted May 4, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.

Associated Press | BP’s chief executive says that a containment
dome designed to cover the Gulf oil leak will be on the seabed
Thursday, and will be hooked up to a drill ship over the weekend.

CEO Tony Hayward told reporters Tuesday that if all goes according to
plan, the principal leak could be contained by early next week. But he
stressed that this procedure has never been done before at a depth of
5,000 feet, saying “there’s no guarantees.”

The plan is to cover the leak in the structure known as a cofferdam, and funnel the oil to the surface.

Hayward also said that chemical dispersants being used on the oil have “significantly” reduced the amount of oil coming to the surface.



  1. rick May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    thank God they’re going to do something now, we got to save the Gulf of Mexico and those poor animals.

  2. Eric Jones May 26, 2010 at 8:59 a.m.

    I was listening to an engineer while going to work yesterday who said simply that nothing would stop this oil leak. BP really messed up here and the administration needs to focus on stopping this or the whole coastline will be lost. I doubt this top kill strategy will work but we’ll see. It has never been tried at these depths before. They’re just experimenting now.

  3. consumers June 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    There should be no disagreement on the fact that the giant Oil Companies have been pumping out profit and evacuating earth while giving little back. The failure of the much publicized “top kill” shows the complete lack of preparedness to tackle self made disasters. Has BP or other Oil Companies spent money on R&D for simulation of such disasters and found mathematical solutions to contain them. From where did they get the 30,000 barrel “top kill” solution?!