Another option to stop the leak

An insertion tube may be used to stanch the Gulf’s leaking oil well in addition to, or instead of, the “top hat” containment dome.

Not to scale

Insertion tube 6 in. (15 cm) diameter inserted into leaking riser Tube would send oil to drill ship 5,000 ft. (1,500 m) above on ocean surface



Riser leak is thought to be the largest of the remaining two leaks


Riser Pipe that carried crude oil from undersea well to drilling rig that exploded and sank

Oil flow

Source: BP, Reuters Graphic: Judy Treible, Lee Hulteng

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