The Associated Press
A supply vessel passes through an oil sheen Monday near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.
THEODORE, Ala. (AP) - The Coast Guard says a cap over the Gulf
of Mexico oil leak has managed to collect about 252,000 gallons of
oil in its first full 24 hours of use.
That's still only a fraction of the oil being produced by the
leak. But Adm. Thad Allen said Saturday that the goal is to
gradually raise the amount being captured by the system.
The device's capacity is 630,000 gallons a day.
The leak began after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded
April 20 and killed 11 workers. Six weeks later the government
estimates the well has leaked nearly 50 million gallons of oil.
It has reached the ecologically sensitive shores of Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.