More oil siphoned off Gulf spill

2010-05-18 20:11

Hammond - BP says its 1.4km long tube siphoning oil from the blown-out well is bringing more crude to the surface.

In a news release on Tuesday, BP says the narrow tube is now drawing 2 000 barrels a day for collection in a tanker, double the amount when it started operation on Sunday.

BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles has said the company hopes the method can draw about half the leaking oil.

BP have put the leak at 5 000 barrels a day from the crippled well, but officials say its a rough estimate at best.

Scientists who have studied video of the leak say the amount could be significantly more.