BP had no sooner proclaimed its “top kill” maneuver a failure than it set in motion what is essentially its Plan D for dealing with the cause of the Gulf oil spill.
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Following the “top hat,” the siphon, and “top kill” will be LMRP, the lower marine riser package. The goal of LMRP, like the “top hat” containment dome and the siphon, will be to capture as much leaking oil as possible – not to stop the well.
The “top kill” appeared to be BP’s only feasible means of actually stopping the well until a relief well is finished in August, though BP managing director Bob Dudley said other ideas could emerge.
That leaves BP trying to find ways of keeping the oil – now estimated at as much as 800,000 gallons a day – from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration, meanwhile, is trying to steel the American public for the possibility that oil leak will continue for at least another two months.