New cap, ships could contain leak by Monday

Posted by Sheli Muniz -email

NEW ORLEANS(AP)--- It could be a different situation at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico a few days from now.

Crews will be replacing a leaky containment cap on the blown-out well, and a ship that's supposed to collect oil from a different part of the leak is expected to come online. And with that, National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the spill could effectively be contained in the next three days.

If all goes according to plan, the combination could collect all of the oil leaking from the seafloor.

Work continues on what officials hope will be the ultimate solution: a pair of relief wells intercepting the leaking well far below the seafloor.