Friday, May 7, 2010

Capping operation underway

I will be cautiously optimistic that this will succeed in helping control some of the oil coming out of the well head.

Keeping my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed.

Please work.

Giant box close to being over oil-spewing well

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) -- A mission to the bottom of the sea to try to avert a wider environmental disaster progressed early Friday as crews said a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box was close to being placed over a blown-out well on the Gulf floor in an unprecedented attempt to capture gushing oil.

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.

The box was about 4,000 feet underwater before dawn Friday, with another 1,000 feet to go, Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said.

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