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BP: Mile-long tube sucking oil away from Gulf well

Submitted by on May 17, 2010 – 6:02 amNo Comment

Oil company engineers have finally succeeded in keeping some of the oil gushing from a blown well out of the Gulf of Mexico.
    
They’ve managed to hook 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.
    
BP PLC engineers remotely guiding robot submersibles had worked since Friday to place the tube into a 21-inch pipe nearly a mile below the sea.  After several setbacks, the contraption was hooked up successfully and funneling oil to a tanker ship.
    
The oil giant says it will take days to figure out how much oil its device is sucking up.