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Saturday, June 12, 2010

-- BP expects to have two large "production tankers" at the blowout site by mid-July, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said. The tankers would be able to handle as much as 50,000 barrels of oil a day from the leaking well -- almost twice as much capacity as on the scene now.

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-- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I) said the world should not rush to point fingers at BP. "The guy that runs BP didn't exactly go down there and blow up the well," Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show.

By the numbers

$1,000

Donation required in exchange for a six-ounce bottle of oil skimmed off the water south of Chauvin, La., from HorizonRelief.org, a group that will funnel money to seafood workers idled by the spill. A $25 donation gets a quarter-ounce "Vial of Opportunity."

Quote of the day

"You would have expected it to be terrible.

And it's just what you'd expect."

-- Robert Barham, head of Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, talking about the oil's effect on animals in the state's coastal wetlands.

-- David A. Fahrenthold and Marc Kaufman


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