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  •  I just got an alert from the NYT (9+ / 0-)

    that they are abandoning the top kill effort.

    BP's 'Top Kill' Effort Fails to Plug Leak; Company Readies New Approach

    BP said Saturday that its latest attempt to stop the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was unsuccessful, and the effort, known as a "top kill," was being scrapped in favor of yet another maneuver to stem the flow spreading into the waters.

    The announcement marked the latest setback in the attempt to plug the spill that is polluting gulf waters at an estimated rate of 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day.

    Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer, said the next step is called a "lower marine riser package cap" and involves sawing off the riser and placing a device atop it to capture the escaping oil. Equipment has already been deployed on land and on the sea bed, he said.

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