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May 14, 2010 9:32 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

BP hopes tube will siphon oil to tanker

BP's latest plan to stanch the gushing oil pipe in the Gulf of Mexico includes robots, a small tube and a stopper.

If all goes well, a stopper will be put in place today to fill the gap between a six-inch tube and the jagged, 21-inch pipe to keep oil from leaking into the sea. Undersea robots were trying to thread the tube into the jagged pipe yesterday.

BP officials say the plan is for the tube to siphon the crude to a tanker a mile above, on the surface.

An explosion on April 20 destroyed the well's rig, killed 11 workers and set off the catastrophic spill. Since then more than 4 million gallons of crude have found their way into the Gulf of Mexico. The slick they've formed is more than the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

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