BP: Tube getting over one-fifth of gushing oil

BP: Tube getting over one-fifth of gushing oil

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Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed Tuesday as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico and people along beaches and bayous waited to find out just how badly it might damage the delicate coast. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on May 17, 2010 at 7:02 AM

NEW ORLEANS -- 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.

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