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UPDATE: Crews lowering containment box to leak site

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) -- A 100-ton containment box is being lowered into the Gulf of Mexico in an unprecedented attempt to divert oil spewing from a well at the bottom of the sea.

The four-story high concrete-and-steel box was being eased into the water late Thursday. Officials have said it may take two days to precisely lower the system 5,000-feet and fit it over the leak.

Similar contraptions were used in shallow waters after Hurricane Katrina, but nothing has ever been tried at this depth. It will take hours to reach the seafloor.

If it works, BP thinks the box could capture about 85 percent of the oil spewing from the well, threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast.

The well has been gushing at least 210,000 gallons of crude a day after an oil rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.


ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (WKOW) -- A boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil in the Gulf of Mexico has arrived at the spot where a blown-out well is spewing petroleum.

Engineers hope it will be the best short-term solution to controlling the leak that has only worsened since it began two weeks ago.

The boat hauling the specially built containment box and dome structure pushed off Wednesday evening from the Louisiana coast and arrived Thursday morning.

Another boat with a crane will be used to lower the contraption to the sea floor to cover the gusher of oil spewing from the seabed -- something that's never been tried before at such depths. BP spokesman Bill Salvin says the drop is expected at about noon.


PORT FOURCHON, La. (WKOW) -- A 100-ton containment box is on its way to an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ship carrying the containment box left early Wednesday night to the leak 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.

It will be the first time the use of such a system has been attempted at this depth.

It's 40-feet tall and made out of concrete and steel.  The structure will be outfitted with pipes that will funnel the crude into a tanker.

BP hopes to have the device on the seabed and hooked up over the weekend.

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