BP says it’s hopeful that its latest effort to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico will work, but the company also says it may take several days to find out if the latest fix will work.
Oil is gushing un-checked from BP’s blown-out well while engineers take a shot at containing all of the crude.
Over the weekend underwater robots removed the old containment cap. BP hopes to get a new cap designed to fully seal the leak on the well by the end of the week.
BP’s Senior Vice President, Kent Wells, says, “We should anticipate that this whole process will take another 3 to 5-6 days.”
Even if the tighter-fitting cap is successful, it’s not the permanent fix.
BP is still counting on two relief wells to stop the leak for good. Both are moving ahead of schedule, but the first one is at least a week away from cutting sideways into the gusher.
Tara Mergener reports, “The white house is pressuring BP to move fast while the weather is good. The Obama Administration is optimistic the new cap will work and make it easier to kill the well.”
“We think there is a very good chance that this will provide the kind of relief we need,” said Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod.
Gulf Coast residents have heard BP’s promises before and say they’ll believe this solution when they see it.
Several were sporting anti-BP shirts at the Jimmy Buffet concert in Gulf Shores.
Ten-of-thousands of fans enjoyed the free show.
“It’s good for this area,” said one concert-goer. “I’m happy it’s giving a little shot to the economy. That’s what it was for.
Buffet changed some of his lyrics for the occasion.
“Some people say there’s a woman to blame – but I know. It’s all BP’s fault,” he sang.
Alabama’s governor says the state may use some of the money it’s gotten from BP to stage more concerts that will bring missing tourists back to the beach.