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BP deploys deep sea sensors to measure spill

June 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
BP deployed underwater sensors Sunday to better handle the flow of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.Scientists still haven't been able to pin down just how much oil is leaking. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says officials think the best figures at around 66 million gallons of oil, about six times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

The company has said that it could begin siphoning an additional 400,000 gallons a day starting Tuesday by burning it using a specialized boom being installed on a rig.

  • President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Gulf Coast Monday and Tuesday.
  • BP is under pressure from the federal and state governments to set aside billions of dollars to pay claims related to the spill.
  • BP is capturing about 630,000 gallons of oil a day, but hundreds of thousands more are escaping into the Gulf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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