BP says retrieving 2,000 oil barrels a day from Gulf leak

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British energy group BP on Tuesday said it was retrieving 2,000 barrels of oil a day from a leak in the US Gulf of Mexico -- double the amount it had previously announced.

A tube inserted into the gushing leak "is estimated to be collecting and carrying about 2,000 barrels a day", BP said in a statement.

The company had on Monday said that 1,000 barrels a day, or 20 percent of the flow, was being retrieved.

An estimated 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, of oil have spewed into the Gulf every day over nearly a month since BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded and sank, dragging the oil group into an environmental nightmare.

© 2010 AFP

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