BP: 2,000 barrels a day now captured from oil leak

A mile-long tube is siphoning off about half the crude spewing from the broken well

By Jeffrey Collins
May 18, 2010 4:55PM (UTC)
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BP says its mile-long tube siphoning oil from a blown-out well is bringing more crude to the surface.

In a news release Tuesday, BP PLC says the narrow tube is now drawing 2,000 barrels a day for collection in a tanker, double the amount when it started operation Sunday.

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BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles has said the company hopes the method can draw about half the leaking oil.

BP have put the leak at 5,000 barrels a day from the crippled well, but officials say its a rough estimate at best. Scientists who have studied video of the leak say the amount could be significantly more.


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