BP Making Second Attempt To Funnel Oil To Gulf Recovery Ship

BP Plc, the largest oil and natural- gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico, hopes to see results today from a second effort to funnel oil to a surface recovery ship as it tries to reduce spillage from a well off Louisiana. Yesterday, BP failed to maneuver a tube into a leaking pipe that’s gushing oil from the seafloor. The frame that holds the tube shifted, Doug Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer for exploration and production, said. “The challenge here is working in 5,000 feet of water,” Suttles said yesterday during a press conference in Robert, Louisiana. Remote-operated vehicles are attempting to guide a 6 5/8- inch (17-centimeter) tube wrapped with a large rubber flange into the severed 21-inch-wide well pipe.