BP Caps Well! VideoSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 07/12/2010 - 23:28
NEW ORLEANS (AP)— Undersea video showed BP robots landed a new, tighter-fitting cap on top of the gushing Gulf of Mexico oil leak Monday, raising hopes that the crude could be kept from polluting the water for the first time in nearly three months.
Placing the cap on top of the leak was the climax of two days of delicate preparation work and a day of slowly lowering it into position. The capping project — akin to building an underwater Lego tower — is just a temporary fix, but the oil giant's best hope yet for containing the spill.
Around 6:30 p.m. CDT, live video streams trained on the wellhead showed the cap being slowly lowered into place, 11 hours after BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said the company was close to putting the seal in place. Company officials did not comment on the operation Monday evening or say how long it would take to latch the cap permanently in place.