May 24, 2010 9:49 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The amount of oil siphoned by the
mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico
has fallen again.
BP PLC spokesman John Curry told The Associated Press on Monday
that the tube collected some 47,040 gallons of oil on Sunday. BP
said that the siphon collected 57,120 gallons on Saturday and
92,400 gallons on Friday.
The company, which leased the rig and is responsible for the
cleanup, has said that the amount of oil that the tube siphons will
vary widely. BP said in a news release that the mile-long tube is
"a new technology, and both its continued operation and its
effectiveness in capturing the oil and gas remain uncertain."
Anger with the government and BP has grown as the monthlong oil
spill creeps deeper into the Gulf Coast's wetlands.