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BP’s New ‘Top-Hat’ Attempt to Stop Gulf Coast Oil Leak

May 14, 2010 – BP’s latest efforts to cap the leaking oil rests with a 6-inch wide tube that they’re attempting to insert into a jagged 21-inch pipe nearly a mile beneath the ocean’s surface.

The tube will be inserted into the larger of two leaks, the one that’s releasing nearly 90 percent of the estimated 210,000 gallons of crude a day. If the tube fails, BP officials will lower a steel and concrete dome called a “top hat” over the leak. The top hat would be attached to a drill pipe that would siphon the oil to a ship at the surface.

The top hat has been sitting on the seafloor since Tuesday, and was originally planned as BP’s next attempt to control the spill. BP has not explained why it decided to try the insertion tube first.

To date, BP has spent nearly $500 million on fighting the oil spill and drilling a relief well since last month’s disaster.

Do I have an Oil Spill Lawsuit?

The Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in environmental catastrophe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation throughout the Gulf Coast and currently accepting new oil spill cases in all affected states.

If you or somebody you know has suffered an economic loss related to your Gulf Coast business or coastal property, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an oil spill lawsuit and we can help.  We are currently accepting cases and/or claims in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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