BP Announces Initial Success of Cap Over Gulf Oil Leak

With the broken well dumping as much as 19,000 to 25,000 barrels a day into the Gulf, Admiral Allen said that engineers hope to gradually increase the amount of oil captured into a ship hovering on the sea’s surface without jeopardizing the delicate recovery effort after so many other efforts have failed in the last six weeks. The admiral is commanding the federal response to the disaster, which began after the Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers.

Also of note, reports the Times, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen asked Congress yesterday to release more funds for the relief effort, which he says is in danger of running out in two weeks. Allen and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano noted in their letter that $93 million has so far been spent, which BP hasn't reimbursed.