May 12, 2010 10:52 AM by Sharlee Jacobs

Update: Smaller Containment Reached Sea Floor

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - BP says a second, smaller container
has reached the seafloor, but it hasn't yet been placed over the
blown-out well fouling the Gulf of Mexico.
BP spokesman Bill Salvin said Wednesday that the 2-ton box had
reached the seabed overnight.
He says it hasn't been positioned over the well yet because
engineers want to make sure everything is hooked up correctly.
Officials want to avoid the same icy, slushy buildup that thwarted
their first attempt at using a much larger box that weighed 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 says undersea robots will position the box over the
gusher by Thursday.


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