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One of our national disaster and over Mexico.
And the incident commander says that the leak could be contained by Monday.
Contains not plugged.
Retired admiral Thad Allen says they plan to hook up a third containment ship and put a better cap on the well over the weekend.
He says that combination could collect all the leaking oil sixty to 80000 barrels a day by government estimation.
So for the first time in almost three months -- -- -- but not into the gulf.
Or that's the hope.
Phil Keating live at the Port of New Orleans tonight Phil how's this supposed to work.
Well the -- window of good weather over the next week in ten days and hopefully with that -- a lot of good fortune wolf while they have long overdue great news here's how it's gonna happen starting tomorrow.
The existing cap that's all the leaking pipe is going to be removed.
That means for three or four days.
Oil and -- -- gas will be spewing into the gulf with no cap on top of that pipe.
Then the pipelines -- -- be -- cut to that the new capped call the top -- ten will actually fit much more snugly electric current cap.
And that in theory will mean no more oil and gas spilling out underneath it into the waters.
But -- just contain all of the oil actually killing this league and plugging it for good.
It's still going to rely on the relief well to go down there 181000 feet cemented shot.
The government's estimate on that happening is still in August -- they're capturing all the oil in theory we ought to be able to get an accurate flow -- right.
Did make stands over the past 81 days the government estimates -- that.
Put in total three to have million to five million barrels would have spilled into the gulf.
Once you have all of this now being -- -- -- -- three surface ships will clearly you'll be able to get a finite number of barrels per day that they're collecting but.
Admiral Thad Allen says there will also be a much better -- I would think the once we have the new -- the -- on.
We should be able to get probably be most accurate flow rate to date there will be based on the actual up pressure -- the well.
Admiral Alen actually use the analogy of your garden hose -- on waters pouring out of that you put your hand on you feel that pressure.
That's how they're actually gonna finally get -- And how much oil has been spilling the entire time and in the war on the on the on the gosh there there's a new weapon on C tonight right.
Yeah the navy's -- -- Z three -- large wife -- to finally arrived they had been delayed because of heavy winds and bad weather.
It's currently hovering -- floating a moving very slowly over the coast of Alabama.
The advantage here is that a fly slowly flies low and in the eyes in the sky can spot the oil and direct crews on the ground.
For example late -- train today you could really see how tedious the cleanup effort is this is a 160 miles away from the deepwater horizon side.
They're taking towels and one by one.
Cleaning the oil off those by you grass -- and John Phil Keating for -- in New Orleans tonight so good weekend.
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