This image from video provided by BP PLC early Sunday June 6, 2010 shows the oil leak still pouring out of the well head around the capping device in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Saturday that after its first full day of work, the cap placed on the gusher near the sea floor trapped about 252,000 gallons of oil, which is somewhere between a quarter to half of the oil flowing from the well, according to government estimates. (AP Photo/BP PLC)
ATLANTA (AP) --
The logistics coordinator on board the ship that's been siphoning oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico tells the Associated Press that a cap on top has been reattached and is again capturing some of the crude.
The crewmember on the bridge of the Discoverer Enterpriser says
the cap was placed back on the gusher around 9 p.m. EDT. It had
been off for more than 11 hours. The man, who asked not to be
identified by name because he was not authorized to provide the
information, says it will take awhile for the system to "get
ramped back up."
BP later confirmed the cap was back in place, but said it had
been hooked up about an hour and half earlier.
Most recently, it was sucking up about 29,000 gallons an hour
and directing it to the ship. An undersea robot bumped the cap and
BP engineers removed because fluid seemed to be leaking, creating a
possible safety hazard.