Oil Spill Update: Anticipation Grows That New Efforts Will Stem Flow

BY Chris Amico  July 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM EST

Oil flowed nearly-unabated from the Deepwater Horizon’s well Sunday as BP worked to replace its containment dome that had helped funnel oil to a container ship on the surface for more than a month.

That new dome could let BP capture all the oil leaking from the well. The company says that the new dome, along with a new container ship, could collect 60,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day. The federal government’s Flow Rate Technical team estimated a spill rate of 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day.

Between 26,765 and 51,765 barrels of oil (or between 1.1 million and 2.2 million gallons) flowed into the Gulf of Mexico over the last 24 hours. During much of the past month, siphoning and flaring efforts reduced the daily spill to somewhere between 10,000 and 35,000 barrels a day (or 420,000 to 1.47 million gallons).

So on Monday, you’ll see the numbers on our Gulf Leak Meter tick upwards faster than they have since June 4, when BP lowered the old dome into place.

Some oil is still being captured and flared by the Q4000, a semi-submersible vessel attached to the ruptured well. On Sunday, it burned off 8,235 barrels of oil, or 345,870 gallons.

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