Giant box close to being over oil-spewing well

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Posted: May 7, 2010 5:10 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: May 7, 2010 5:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: oil, rig, spill, leak, well, containment, dome, box, environment, BP, Coast Guard, Gulf of Mexico

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.

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.

Undersea robots are placing buoys around the main oil leak to act as markers to help line up the 40-foot box.

Last night, a crane 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.

Photo Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

Workers lower dome in water

Workers lower dome in water

Workers lower dome in water

Workers lower dome in water

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