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May 24, 2010 9:55 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Leaking oil in siphon tube cut by half

The amount of oil siphoned by the mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico has dropped dramatically.

BP spokesman John Curry said that the tube collected 47,000 gallons of oil on Sunday. That's down from 57,000 gallons on Saturday and 92,000 gallons on Friday.

 

BP said the mile-long tube is "a new technology, and both its continued operation and its effectiveness in capturing the oil and gas remain uncertain."

The company, which leased the rig and is responsible for the cleanup, has said that the amount of oil that the tube siphons will vary widely. Anger with the government and BP has grown as the monthlong oil spill creeps deeper into the Gulf Coast's wetlands.

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