BP doubles down on spill cleanup?

<p><b>WASHINGTON. </b>Energy giant BP plans to soon double the amount of oil it captures from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, while the Gulf Coast will be struggling with the environmental mess from the huge spill for years, the Coast Guard said yesterday.</p>

 

WASHINGTON. Energy giant BP plans to soon double the amount of oil it captures from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, while the Gulf Coast will be struggling with the environmental mess from the huge spill for years, the Coast Guard said yesterday.

 

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who leads the government’s relief effort, said London-based BP hoped to collect 20,000 barrels (840,000 gallons) per day in its latest effort to contain the spill, which has now affected 120 miles of coastline.

 

The figure underscored some scientists’ concerns that the May 27 government estimate of up to 19,000 barrels coming daily from the well a mile under the sea surface may be too low.