The "Top Hat" oil-containment device has reached the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico and should be in position over a leaking well head and operational by the end of the week, well owner BP said Wednesday.
A larger containment vessel was unsuccessful last week in stopping the flow of oil from the gusher about 5,000 feet underwater. The spill is sending 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico each day, government and company officials say.
The new device, called "Top Hat," is a 5-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter structure that weighs less than two tons. The structure is being deployed by the drill ship Enterprise.