Cabinet Meeting Set on Value of New Containment Cap
New Orleans, La. – BP is planning to put a new containment cap over the leaking well with a tighter seal than the one that's now in place. But officials say oil would pour straight into the Gulf while the switch is underway. Napolitano says secretaries of the Interior and Energy Departments will review alternatives.
"They will be doing an analysis of the second - or the alterative type of containment cap and whether or not that makes sense in light of the amount of oil that could be collected with a third vessel getting ready to hook up."
That hook-up has been delayed by bad weather churning from Tropical Storm Alex south of the well site. The system involving two surface ships has most recently contained about 25,000 barrels a day, while 60,000 barrels may be gushing from the well every day.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans