Oil Spill

BP's ‘Containment Chamber’

BP is almost ready to attempt what may be the best hope at containing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is building a four-story, 100-ton metal container that it will try to lower onto the leaking well. Once in place, the oil will fill the chamber; oil will then have to be pumped from the chamber into a tanker on the surface. If successful, the chamber could reduce the oil flow by more than 80 percent. However, success is far from given: The source of the leak is 5,000 feet deep, much deeper than the leaks in previous uses of such chambers.