JASON DEAREN and JEFFREY COLLINS write for the Associated Press,
Oil has been spewing since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and sinking two days later. The government shortly afterward estimated the spill at 210,000 gallons – or 5,000 barrels – a day, a figure that has since been questioned by some scientists who fear it could be far more. BP executives have stood by the estimate while acknowledging there’s no way to know for sure.
BP said Sunday it had a glimmer of success in its latest effort to stem the leak. The company said engineers used a mile-long tube to funnel some oil to the surface from the gushing well before it became dislodged.
In a news release, the company said it halted the process early Sunday after the setback, but a tanker at the surface managed to capture some oil and gas brought up by the tube. Engineers were trying Sunday to get the tube to work again deep beneath the ocean.