BP May Pump Underwater Chemical To Break Up Oil

New Orleans, La. – BP spokesman Doug Suttles says crews are willing to try hosing chemicals directly on the oil as it leaks from the well a mile under water.

"This has been used before. It hasn't been used at these depths."

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says the company will get an immediate evaluation of the plan's environmental impact.

"I'm sorry we don't have pre-approval in the plan yet, but this may be the first time we allow it in U.S. history."

BP says it has a hose at the well site and can begin immediately if it gets the government's OK. The slick continues to grow. It's being fed by an oil leak five times larger than originally thought.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.