BP Checking If Underwater Plan Slowing Leak
New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says he's not sure yet if chemicals being poured directly on the oil spilling from its well a mile under water are actually slowing the leak. He says if that technique is working, the oil slick should be smaller. BP says it will have a better idea from flyovers.
"We hope to resume skimming, and I hope this week we can actually use burning as well."
Meantime, drills have broken through the seabed on one of two possible relief wells. That could take three months. An underwater dome system is also being designed and built to cover three leaks at the well and pump oil to a container ship.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.