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Forecast For Gulf Impacting Spill Containment Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rough weather forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico could force BP and Obama administration officials to speed up plans to connect a third containment vessel to the blown-out undersea oil well.

Workers had planned to replace the current "top cap" with a "sealing cap" first, then connect a containment vessel that could collect 25,000 barrels of oil per day. Officials are now considering a plan to replace the cap and hook up the containment vessel simultaneously. The would temporarily decrease the amount of oil being contained.

Senior administration officials say national incident commander Thad Allen sent BP a letter, asking about contingency plans in the event they have to proceed with the simultaneous maneuver. The oil
company has 24 hours to respond.
      

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