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BP starts burning oil from leaking ruptured well

5 years ago June 16, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Wednesday, June 16 2010 Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:06:37 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Andrea Fontenot

BP has started burning oil siphoned from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico as part of its plans to more than triple the amount of crude it can stop from reaching the sea.

BP said oil and gas from the well reached a drilling rig around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The system uses lines to suck oil from a stack of pipes near the seafloor to a drilling rig on the ocean surface.

Once the oil is aboard, it's shot down a specialized boom, mixed with compressed air and ignited.

BP says the burner could incinerate anywhere from 210,000 gallons of oil to 420,000 gallons of oil daily once it's fully operational.

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