Oil Gusher Reduced, Not Stopped

Mile-long tube sucking oil away from Gulf well but is no permanent solution, BP says

Oil company engineers on Sunday finally succeeded in keeping some of the oil gushing from a blown well out of the Gulf of Mexico, hooking up a mile-long tube to funnel the crude into a tanker ship after more than three weeks of failures.

Millions of gallons of crude are already in the water, however, and researchers said the black ooze may have entered a major current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and around to the East Coast.

News of the tube’s success was met with tempered enthusiasm by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, leader of a coastal parish in Lousiana that includes environmentally sensitive marshes and islands.

“It’s definitely good news,” Nungesser said after a BP vice president called to brief him.

“It will be better news when they get it stopped,” he said, noting the underwater oil plumes. “We have a large mess out there.”


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