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Testing New System to Contain Oil from Deep Water Blowouts

By: HARRY R. WEBER - Associated Press Writer
By: HARRY R. WEBER - Associated Press Writer

The senior manager of a project to build a more efficient system to contain oil in deep water says that once built and tested the cap-and-siphon contraption could be deployed and in use within weeks of a future well blowout.

Exxon Mobil's Lloyd Guillory says he is confident the never-before-attempted effort will be successful. He says the $1 billion system that isn't expected to be ready for use until early 2012 will be adaptable to different blowout scenarios.

Guillory told The Associated Press Wednesday during a break in a major oil spill conference in Florida that prevention is the real answer for the industry. He says if prevention is done right, the system would never have to be used.

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