Containment dome: capturing 630,000 gallons per day
The oil containment process in the Gulf of Mexico is capturing up to 630,000 gallons of oil a day, and that amount could double by next week, according to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. He acknowledges that the amount of oil being contained is close to exceeding the capacity on board the processing ship, but said a second ship should be available soon.
By next week, 1.7 million gallons of oil could be captured each day. Officials still are not sure exactly how much is leaking into the Gulf waters. Experts estimated earlier that 500,000 to one million gallons were leaking each day, but say those estimates come with a lot of uncertainty.