May 12, 2010 7:36 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - A second, smaller oil containment
box was lowered into the sea near the blown-out well in the Gulf of
The box was being slowly submerged to the seabed Tuesday. But it
won't be placed over the spewing well right away. BP spokesman Bill
Salvin says engineers want to make sure everything is configured
correctly and avoid the same buildup of ice crystals that stymied
their first attempt at using a larger box that was about 100 tons.
This box will be connected to a ship on the surface by a
pipe-within-a-pipe when it's lowered. Crews plan to pump in heated
water and methanol so ice won't build up.
Salvin said undersea robots will position the box over the
gusher by Thursday.
More than 4 million gallons of oil have spewed from the well
since a drilling rig exploded April 20th.