New Orleans, La. – BP, which leased the rig, continues working with remote-control equipment to stop the 42,000 gallons of oil leaking from a well nearly a mile from the surface. Spokesman Doug Suttles says engineers are also working on designing covers that would go over the leaking pipes.
"We have to complete the engineering and complete the fabrication. If those efforts are successful we would be able to deploy and determine if it will work and be successful."
Suttles says that process could take weeks. The company is also planning two more drills up to 18,000 feet deep to cut off the oil at the source. But that could take months.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.