US Feds say new cap could contain Gulf leak by Monday

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 10, 2010 06:31

NEW ORLEANS - The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well, the government official in charge of the crisis said Friday in some of the most encouraging news to come out of the Gulf in the two and a half months since the disaster struck.

Crews using remote-controlled submarines plan to swap out the cap over the weekend, taking advantage of a window of good weather following weeks of delays caused by choppy seas.

Containing the leak will not end the crisis that began when the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.

The relief wells are still being drilled, and a monumental cleanup and restoration project lies ahead.


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