ATLANTA (AP) - The logistics coordinator onboard the ship that's been siphoning oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico tells The Associated Press that a cap on top has been reattached and is again capturing some of the crude.
The crewmember on the bridge of the Discoverer Enterpriser says the cap was placed back on the gusher around 9 p.m. EDT. It had been off for more than 11 hours. The man, who asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to provide the information, says it will take awhile for the system to "get ramped back up."
Most recently, it was sucking up about 29,000 gallons an hour and directing it to the ship. An undersea robot bumped the cap and BP engineers removed because fluid seemed to be leaking, creating a possible safety hazard.