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BP to launch fresh attempt to plug leak


British oil giant BP says it’s preparing to make another attempt to plug the spewing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico – but serious doubts remain whether it will work.

Large amounts of crude continue to wash up along the Louisiana coastline amid fears if the latest short-term effort fails it could take several months to stop the leak.

Earlier, BP CEO Tony Heyward insisted the firm would do all that was necessary.

“It’s clear that the defence of the shoreline, at this point, has not been successful. I feel devastated by that, absolutely gutted. What I can tell you is that we are here for the long haul. We are going to clean every drop of oil off the shore,” he said.

BP says it plans to inject heavy fluids and then cement into the seabed well to block the oil flow in a so-called ‘top kill’ operation.

But, the British firm has warned there is no certainty the containment will succeed because of the depths involved.

Experts give only a 60 to 70 percent chance of success.

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