Good news from the Gulf? Perhaps. A BP official announced Sunday that they have made progress in maneuvers to get a new cap installed on the gushing Deepwater Horizon oil well—a process that’s being conducted mostly by robotic submarines one mile under the water’s surface. Within six days, the official said, BP is hopeful it will have constructed a perfect seal. “We’re pleased with our progress,” said BP's senior vice president. If the new seal works, it will capture 2.5 million to 3.4 million gallons a day—or, essentially, all of the leaking oil. To put that into perspective, the old cap collected about 1 million gallons a day. BP hopes to fully plug the leak by August.
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