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Dome to contain Gulf oil the next best solution

The Associated Press<BR>
Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on Tuesday.

The Associated Press
Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on Tuesday.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The best short-term solution for bottling up the oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving today.

It's a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away.

Crews have put the finishing touches on the 100-ton containment dome. A barge at about midday is expected to haul the dome to the spot 50 miles offshore. That's where a mile-deep gusher from a blown-out undersea well has been spewing at least 210,000 gallons of crude a day into the Gulf for two weeks. A spokesman for oil giant BP says it would be deployed on the seabed by Thursday.

Such domes have never been tried at this depth -- about 5,000 feet -- because of the extreme water pressure. The dome, if all goes well, could be fired up early next week to start funneling the oil into a tanker.


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