US Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the cap on the BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is now keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the sea.
A group of Gulf Coast mayors erupted Saturday, blaming BP for letting the Gulf oil spill come ashore. But on Sunday, Obama's man in charge said it was federal coordinators' responsibility. The exchange laid bare a still-misunderstood chain of command for onshore operations.
BP reported Sunday that its containment cap is now collecting 420,000 gallons a day, saying that was a 'majority' of the oil. But the flow rate in the Gulf oil spill is still uncertain, and BP has failed to live up to its optimistic predictions in the past.
As President Obama visits Louisiana Friday for the third time for an on-scene update of the BP oil spill, some residents report a nagging feeling that the US response would have been more vigorous if the accident had happened elsewhere.
Undersea video coverage Thursday night showed engineers lowering a 'top cap' over a severed riser pipe at the bottom of the Gulf to contain BP oil spill. The company hopes to contain 90 percent of the geyser.
The Obama administration has sought to distance itself from BP this week, repeatedly criticizing BP for its efforts in the Gulf oil spill clean-up. But behind the scenes, cooperation continues.
Already an Internet phenomenon, the BP live feed – which helped galvanize public concern about the Gulf oil spill – has broadened its offerings. On display Thursday: BP is attempting a 'top cap.'
BP succeeded in making a 'rough cut' of the riser pipe at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Next up is moving a cap with a garden-hose-type rubber seal over the pipe. How tight that seal is will determine if the BP oil spill is mostly capped.
The US Coast Guard announced Thursday that, as a part of the oil spill clean-up, BP will start to funnel oil and gas to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after successfully cutting a leaking oil pipe on the sea floor.