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Political patience wanes as Gulf oil spill grows; new hope in 2nd box

BP says it will be tomorrow before a new, smaller containment box is in place over that leaking oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Associated Press
A containment vessel is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig collapse.

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - BP says it will be tomorrow before a new, smaller containment box is in place over that leaking oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

A BP spokesman says engineers want to make sure everything is configured correctly to avoid the slushy buildup that clogged the opening in the first box. The idea is to funnel the oil into a tanker on the surface as relief wells are drilled.

The latest box weighs just 2 tons, compared with the 100 ton contraption that was first tried. Crews plan to pump in heated water and methanol to keep it from icing up.

Meanwhile, political patience with BP's efforts to cap the gusher is growing short. At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs says as more oil fouls the Gulf, President Barack Obama is "frustrated with everything" and everybody.

Despite statements from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that there's some hope the leak might be slowing, a BP spokesman says scientists have noticed no significant change.


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