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BP Plugs Leaky Dome at the Bottom of the Gulf


The dome that was leaking oil at the bottom of the Gulf has a new lid. BP capped and plugged the latest oil seepage coming from the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster this week. The leak was emanating from the discarded, 40-foot-tall containment dome, which was used in a failed attempt to stanch the Big Oozy. The dome discharge created a sheen at the surface of the Gulf. Underwater robots, or ROVs, descended to the deep on Tuesday to cap the dome's "stove pipe" opening at the top, and plug connection ports on the side of the structure. 

 

After the fixes, no new oil was observed, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

The Coast Guard will continue to collect satellite data and conduct an overflight to montior the sheen. The Coast Guard never released an estimation of the size of the sheen.

 

After the monitoring, BP won't be completely finished with its seafloor cleanup. The Coast Guard ordered the company to look into further fixes to make sure other pieces of oil apparatus - including the infamous broken riser pipe that spewing forth Macondo oil - don't leak in the future. 




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