BP 'Very Pleased' With Progress

Cap is still catching only about a third of gushing oil
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2010 4:02 PM CDT
A Pelican covered in oil waits to be cleaned.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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(Newser) – The latest update from BP keeps things about the same: News isn't good, but it's not quite as horrible as it once was. The company said this afternoon that the new cap is still working and collected 250,000 gallons of oil in its first 24 hours. That's less than a third of the amount thought to be gushing, but the company hopes to steadily increase its catch by closing valves on the lid as safety permits, reports CNN. If operating at full capacity, the cap can funnel 630,000 gallons a day.

"That operation has gone extremely well," said senior VP Bob Fryar. "We are very pleased." The optimism didn't sway the mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama, who angrily confronted Fryar and complained that BP brushed off local officials. "If you sensed our frustration, you would have been here a lot sooner," he said. "People in Orange Beach are starving to death now because they can't get out to catch the fish."

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