BP engineers have had a breakthrough in their quest to contain the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
After several attempts, robotic arms have inserted a tube into the leaking well to funnel off some oil and gas.
It is hoped the energy company may be able to stop the flow permanently in about a week.
BP’s Vice President Kent Wells explained:
“We do have oil and gas coming to the ship now, we will be looking to optimise this over the next couple of days to try to produce as much of the oil and gas as we can from this and we will just learn as we go in this approach.”
But reports of huge oil plumes in the Gulf, including one as large as 16 kilometres long, emphasised the environmental impact.
The oil has been polluting the sea since April 20 when an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers.