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BP not giving up despite oil leak repair setback

A 100-ton containment box meant to capture oil leaking from a well under the Gulf of Mexico sat about 650 feet away from its target Saturday, as BP engineers try to find a way to stop the formation of icelike gas and water crystals that plugged the system shortly after being lowered to the seabed Friday.

The snag erased hopes that the four-story containment box, which took two weeks to build, could be quickly installed to intercept the flow of 5,000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons of oil, pulsing daily from the Macondo well that ruptured when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20 and later sank.

Nearly 4 million gallons of oil have poured into the Gulf since the accident that killed 11 people.

http://www.chron.com/oilspill/

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