Gulf of Mexico oil spill: latest developments

Friday, June 18, 2010

-- With a new oil-burning system, siphoning capacity will hit 28,000 barrels (1.176 million gallons) a day "early next week," vs. the 18,600 barrels (781,200 gallons) that BP trapped on Wednesday, according to Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen

-- "I am deeply sorry" for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP chief executive Tony Hayward told the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

-- "I apologize," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said to Hayward. Barton said the $20 billion escrow account "amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize."

-- "I apologize for using the term 'shakedown' " Barton said later in a statement.

By the numbers

72

Estimated miles of shoreline currently impacted along the Gulf Coast, up from 68 on Sunday

6,450

Total number of response vessels

1,325,000

Gallons of dispersants used to date, both surface and subsea


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