New Orleans, La. – BP is hoping the box will contain the 210,000 gallons of oil that experts estimate is pouring into the Gulf off the Louisiana coast every day. The device will be lowered to the seabed and could be installed in a few days. The oil would then by sucked into a containment ship at the surface. BP is also shooting chemicals on the oil as it leaks from the seabed. It hopes the oil will break down and settle on the ocean floor, shrinking the plume of crude forming a slick that threatens coastline from Louisiana to Florida. Both are clean-up techniques that have never been tried.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.