Gulf Oil Spill 2010 Update May 5: BP Works to Contain Leak: Map
The Gulf Oil Spill Continues to Cause Problems Off Louisiana's Coast and BP is Still Working to Contain the Leak
BP has shipped a giant steel box in to the Gulf of Mexico and they are hoping to use it to contain a leak on the Deepwater Horizon rig. According to CNN they want to lower the container in to the water and use it like a funnel that would suck up the oil from the broken pipe.
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However, the container has left the port but it will be days before BP will be able to see if it works. Oil is still gushing out in to the ocean at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day.
The company capped the smallest of three leaks Wednesday morning, said John Curry, BP's director of external affairs.
BP Plans to Burn Off Another Patch of Oil
BP has announced plans to burn off patch of oil after an attempt to burn a patch last week, but other attempts had to be put on hold because the weather was not cooperating. This time they will attempt a controlled burn to see if they can help eradicate the amount of water flowing in to the ocean.
Risk From Oil Spill Remains High
The risk to wildlife, fish, birds and humans along the coast of Louisiana is still very high, and it has been almost two weeks since the Deepwater Horizon rig sunk off the coast of Louisiana. BP has even stated that the oil leaking and the damage could get even worse.
Speaking on CNN's "American Morning," Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, acknowledged Wednesday that the well could -- under certain conditions -- spew up to 60,000 barrels a day of oil.