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BP exec strikes optimistic note on oil timeline

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) --

A top BP executive says the company hopes to be capturing virtually all the oil leaking from the Gulf floor soon.

Chief operating officer Doug Suttles told The Associated Press
on Tuesday in Gulf Shores, Ala., that the flow should decrease to
"a relative trickle" soon.

BP later sought to clarify his comments. It says that even
though the company is optimistic it can make measurable progress in
the next week in reducing the flow. And it says it will take more
time to reach the point that the spill amounts to a trickle.

Suttles says BP hopes to have an improved containment system
operating by Monday or Tuesday. Those are the same days President
Barack Obama plans to visit the region.


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