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May 18, 2010 11:16 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

BP: 2,000 barrels a day now captured from oil leak

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

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

BP has 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.

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