- 08 June 2010 | Environment
BP is capturing some of the oil spewing from the damaged wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, but spilled oil on the surface will take months to clean up and restoring the habitat will take years, says the coordinator of the federal government's spill response.
At a White House news conference this morning, National Incident Commander U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said, "Currently, we are capturing about 15,000 barrels a day. But the day the well is capped, we'll still be dealing with oil at least four to six weeks after that."
The cap that was installed last week on the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is recovering 15,000 barrels of oil per day, with that rate expected to increase to 20,000 barrels in the near future.
Although the newly installed cap on the well has slowed the oil leak, it will continue until relief wells have been drilled - a process that is expected to last into the summer.
The Surfrider Foundation is calling on concerned citizens to get involved and send a strong message to President Obama that new offshore drilling is not the answer.