BP To Deploy 'Coat Hanger' In Gulf Before 'Top Hat'

Law360, New York (May 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT) -- BP PLC has decided to deploy a 6-inch-wide tube that “loosely resembles a coat hanger” to capture oil leaking from a pipe at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico before it tries a containment dome referred to as “the top hat,” a company spokesman said Thursday.

Spokesman Bill Salvin said BP would use the tube and a rubber stopper to try to capture the oil "right at the source."

“The closer to the source we capture what's being released, the less it comes into contact...
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