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As people along the Gulf Coast deal with the "daunting challenges" posed by the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, a dual-pronged effort to improve the cleanup shows some promising signs, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the head of the government's oil spill response team, said Friday.
Crews were taking advantage of what Allen called "a weather window that we may not see again this summer" to hook up the oil-recovery vessel the Helix Producer on Friday and they hope to begin replacing the existing containment cap on the leaking well with a larger, more permanent one the Obama administration is calling the "sealing cap" on Saturday.
Allen said the Helix Producer, which can keep up to 25,000 barrels of oil out of the water per day, could be hooked up to the breached well sometime Friday and the ship's recovery capabilities could be functional by Sunday.
Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
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