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1 US asks BP to clarify cleanup intentions as Gulf spill gushes on

by Clement Sabourin, AFP

54 mins ago

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Crews worked to place a siphon tube into a ruptured pipe spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico Saturday as globs of oil washed ashore in new spots and US officials told BP to clarify what cleanup costs it will pay.

The latest effort by British Petroleum to contain the thousands of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf involves connecting an “insertion tube” to the leak site so oil can be siphoned to a container vessel at the surface.

The process was supposed to be completed overnight, but aligning the pieces under water proved more complex than expected, and a frame connected to the pipe had to be brought back up to the surface to be adjusted, BP said.

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