Efforts being made to contain oil leaking from Deepwater Horizon wellhead

Deepwater Horizon oil cleanup 01One thousand barrels per day is leaking from the Deepwater Horizon well.

Coast Guard officials say steps are being taken to cap the well. Robot submarines are on the floor of the gulf trying to turn valves that would hopefully stop the leak.

In addition to the robots, this 450 ton machine is on the floor and it will attempt to capture the oil using pipes and hoses to pump it to a vessel on the surface.

Complicating efforts to stop the leak is the well head’s depth. It’5,000 feet underwater.