UPDATE: BP says it has successfully started to siphon oil from its leaking Gulf of Mexico well to a tanker on the surface. BP executive Kent Wells would not say how much oil was being siphoned but said the process was “working well”. BP succeeded on its third attempt to insert a long narrow tube into the leaking pipe, using underwater robots.
BP PLC said Saturday its latest effort to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by siphoning crude from the deepwater well faced an initial setback, but could be operational overnight.
The U.K. oil giant is trying to reduce the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf by threading a tube into broken piping coming from the well. The tube would carry oil to a tanker at the surface, stemming at least 5,000 barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf a day.