LOUISIANA. BP will deploy a small containment dome to try to trap oil from a blown-out undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico in the “next couple of days,” a company spokesman said on Thursday.
The dome is BP’s latest attempt to control the roughly 210,000 gallons per day that has been gushing from the broken well for more than three weeks.
The oil spill could become the worst in U.S. history and threatens an environmental catastrophe along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
BP, Transocean and Halliburton are all under scrutiny for their roles in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the leak.
Scientists say coastal wetlands threatened by the spill, which provide critical habitat for bird life and serve as rich nurseries for the region’s valuable shrimp and oyster stocks, are already dwindling from erosion and development.