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UPDATE: BP says oil leak could last until August in worst case scenario

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ROBERT, La. (WKOW) -- The executive heading up BP's fight to stop a massive underwater oil spill says he's very optimistic that the Gulf of Mexico will recover.

BP PLC Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said in the worst case scenario, the oil leak that has already lasted a month will continue until early August. That's when a new well currently being drilled could be finished and cap the flow.

Suttles also said the best case scenario is that an effort to plug the well by injecting heavy mud Sunday or Monday will stop the gusher.

Asked if he thinks the Gulf environment will survive the spill, Suttles said he has been told by experts that the Gulf has several factors in its favor. He said that included its large size and the fact that its waters are warm.

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A live video feed that shows the oil gushing from the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico is now available online.

The video shows a large plume of oil and gas still spewing next to the tube that's carrying some of it to the surface.

Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts pushed BP PLC to make the video available to the public. It's now posted on the Web site of the Select Committee on Energy Independent and Global Warming.

BP was leasing the rig Deepwater Horizon when it exploded and sank a month ago off Louisiana. The company has been trying ever since to stop the oil spewing from the well.

BP says a mile-long tube is capturing 210,000 gallons of oil a day, but some is still escaping. The company initially estimated 210,000 gallons was the total amount of the spill.

 

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