GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - BP hopes to get a handle on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend by using two new methods.
As of Wednesday, NOAA has closed over 45,000 square miles of federal waters. The move was a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the affected areas will remain safe for consumers.
Meanwhile, BP has agreed to test actor Kevin Costner's "ocean therapy" device that sucks in oily water, separates out the oil and releases only clean water.
But the company has also planned to start using the "top kill method." This technique involves shooting heavy mud into crippled equipment on top of the well to stop the flow of oil and gas.
BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said things are going well so far.
"The mobilization of equipment and resources is going well. The activity on the seal bed, 5,000 feet below the surface, continues as well and is going well, and the earliest we think we can deploy that is Sunday or could slip into early next week," said Suttles.
Engineers could also use the "jump shot" method which involves shooting knotted rope, pieces of tires and golf balls into the blowout preventer. They hope the items would lodge into the device and plug it up.
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