Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Update

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The amount of oil siphoned by the
mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico
has sharply dropped in the past day.

BP PLC spokesman John Curry told The Associated Press on Sunday
that the siphon collected some 57,120 gallons of oil within the
past 24 hours. BP said Friday that the tube was sucking up an
average of about 92,400 gallons of oil a day.

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.

Anger with the government and BP has boiled over as the
monthlong oil spill creeps deeper into the Gulf Coast's delicate
coastal wetlands.


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