June 3, 2010
Posted: 10:43 AM ET
President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday "to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill," according to a White House statement.
Meanwhile, after every effort to contain the undersea oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico failed or fell short, BP devised a new strategy Thursday to cap the ruptured well, though the new plug will not be as tight as previously hoped. The oil giant said it would try again to slice off a damaged riser pipe and then place a containment dome over the well.
But after an attempt to sever the pipe with a diamond-embedded saw failed Wednesday, the company will have to use shears that will not be able to make as precise a cut. Even if the attempt is successful, then the cap will not be as snug and oil will still be flowing out into the Gulf.
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