Dr. Brian Stacy, NOAA veterinarian,
prepares to clean an oiled turtle.
Credit: NOAA and Georgia Dept.
of Natural Resources.
By Mark Seibel
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
WASHINGTON — BP pulled 25,290 barrels of oil from its runaway Deepwater Horizon site on Thursday, the company said Friday — a high point in its collection efforts but one that adds to the uncertainty over how much oil is flooding into the Gulf of Mexico and whether the Obama administration is prepared for the worst-case scenario.
The new number would suggest that BP is now recovering between 42 percent and 70 percent of the oil surging from the well, if the most recent government estimate that the well is spewing between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil a day is accurate. BP's live video feed from the leak, however, continues to show dark clouds of crude oil and natural gas pouring into the water.