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BP Makes Some Progress

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] –  Sunday, June 6, 2010

BP says they are pleased with its operation Saturday to funnel oil from the ruptured well to a ship a mile above the Gulf of Mexico.

BP’s Senior Vice President, Bob Fryar, says 250,000 gallons of oil has been contained in the first 24 hours of work.

Fryar told NBC News, “That operation has gone extremely well.  We are very pleased.”

While crude is still pouring into the Gulf, Saturday’s efforts are at least a step in the right direction (after one failed attempt after another).  A permanent and total fix isn’t expected to be ready until August.

--CLICK HERE-- 2010 Hurricane Forecast

Some experts fear hurricanes could interrupt efforts as meteorologists predict a “very active” hurricane season.

A hurricane in the Gulf could spell disaster for BP’s cleanup efforts while wreaking havoc on coastal areas.  Some experts think a hurricane could help disperse some of the oil.  But others fear a hurricane’s powerful storm surge could push large amounts of oil inland, covering everything it touches.  Cleaning up a mess of that magnitude could take years and cost millions of dollars.

June 6, 2010 - Posted by | News & Current Events

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