Cap Collects More Crude, but Situation Still Not Good - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cap Collects More Crude, but Situation Still Not Good

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The cap on the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is reducing the amount gushing out, but Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says that doesn't mean things are going well.

As he puts it, "nothing good happens when oil is on the water." Allen says the device collected more than 620,000 gallons of oil yesterday.

But underwater video feeds continue to show a dark geyser coming from the pipe.

And water tests have confirmed that there are underwater oil plumes from the spill.

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface 42 miles northeast of
the well site. She says concentrations are "very low."

She says oil found in another sample 142 miles southeast of the well was "not consistent" with oil from the spill.

Meanwhile, a member of the team trying to determine how much oil is gushing from BP's broken wellhead says the ultimate figure could be higher than current estimates.

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