WASHINGTON (AP) --
Rough weather forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP and Obama administration officials to speed up plans to connect a third containment vessel to the blown-out undersea oil
Workers had planned to replace the current "top cap" with a
"sealing cap" first, then connect a containment vessel that could
collect 25,000 barrels of oil per day. Officials are now
considering a plan to replace the cap and hook up the containment
vessel simultaneously. The would temporarily decrease the amount of
oil being contained.
Senior administration officials say national incident commander
Thad Allen sent BP a letter, asking about contingency plans in the
event they have to proceed with the simultaneous maneuver. The oil
company has 24 hours to respond.