A BP PLC (BP) official reiterated Thursday that the company should know within a week whether a dome it plans to place over a major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico proved successful in containing most of the leak.
"We'll be lowering this containment vessel within the next 24 hours, weather permitting," said Robert Dudley, executive vice president for the Americas and Asia at BP.
Dudley spoke broadly about BP's efforts to stop the leak, clean the massive spill from the water's surface and try to prevent damage to coastal areas and their fragile ecosystems. He spoke at a Chief Executives' Club of Boston luncheon held by Boston College.
"We'll have a good idea" in a week about whether the dome worked, Dudley told reporters after the luncheon. He said this type of technology remains untested at such a depth, and added, "We will undoubtedly have several runs with it to see whether this can work or not."