May 17, 2010 7:51 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles says
a mile-long tube has been collecting more than one-fifth of the oil
that's spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out well.
Speaking Monday on NBC's "Today" show, Suttles said the tube
has been siphoning more than 1,000 barrels a day, or 42,000
gallons. BP has estimated about 5,000 barrels a day, or 210,000
gallons a day, has been leaking out.
He says they hope to be able to collect more oil as they ramp up
the effort but they won't be able to get all of it.
After weeks of failed solutions, BP PLC crews on Sunday hooked
up the tube to funnel the crude into a tanker ship. However,
millions of gallons of crude are already in the Gulf.