BP Readies Containment Box to Clean-up Oil Spill

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The energy giant BP has almost finished constructing its first concrete-and-steel containment box which it will use to contain oil leaking from a pipe connected to a sunken rig off the Lousiana coast.

The New York Times reports that the box weighs 70 tons and is 4 stories high. When it's completed, the box will be lowered over the main leak (there are three) in a pipe connected to the oil rig. The oil will then be pumped from underwater to a ship above water. BP hopes to have the box built and lowered over the leak by the end of the week. In the meantime, 200,000 gallons of oil a day continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico.

Lawyers for fishermen, environmental groups and oil rig workers accused BP, Transocean and Halliburton of drilling deeper than was permitted on Monday. BP contracted the oil rig Deepwater Horizon that caught fire and sank two weeks ago. Transocean, Ltd. owns the rig and Halliburton provides services aboard the rig, according to The Times.

BP said it only drilled 18,360 feet and it was allowed to drill as deep as 20,211 feet. “The allegation surrounding the permitted depth is factually incorrect,” a BP spokesman told The Times.

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