BP: On to "Plan B"

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) - BP officials are considering plan B after a setback in the effort to use a 100-ton containment vessel to siphon gushing oil from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

The attempt to use the steel-and-concrete box to cover a deepwater oil well was aborted after ice crystals encased it. The icy buildup made it too buoyant and clogged it up.

But BP says they're not calling the effort a failure yet. It'll be at least tomorrow before the company decides what plan B might be.

BP officials say they still have hope that a containment box - either the one brought there or a larger one being built – can still be used to capture the oil and funnel it to a tanker.

There's a renewed sense of urgency as dime- to golf ball-sized balls of tar have begun washing up on Dauphin Island, three miles off the Alabama mainland.

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