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Spill containment device now collecting the ‘majority’ of oil in US Gulf

The new spill containment device fitted over the leaking riser pipe in the Gulf of Mexico seems to have been a success, with BP claiming to be capturing 10,000 barrels a day.

Oil has been seeping into the sea off the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on the 20th of April. While the new cap is not collecting all the oil, Tony Hayward, BP’s chief executive has stated that "the majority, probably the vast majority" of oil is now being collected.

Mr Hayward has also stated that BP would be working long after the media coverage has subsided to restore the Gulf of Mexico to its pre-oil spill condition.

BP is going to add a further spill containment device to the sea floor over the next week, which they hope will mean the vast majority of oil will then be contained. The full environmental impact of the spill is yet to be seen, but it has already been described as the worst in US history.

US President Barak Obama has pledged his support to the livelihoods of people who will be affected by the spill and will make sure that BP are financially accountable for the damage.

The relief wells that BP is currently drilling are not expected to be completed for at least another two months, so it is hoped that BP’s current efforts to contain the spill end in success.

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