June 6th, 2010
09:24 AM ET
5 years ago

Allen: BP makes progress, but too early for celebration

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"I don't think anyone should be pleased so long as there's oil in the water," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Sunday on CNN. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) - The federal government's response manager to the Gulf oil disaster says BP has made progress, but cautioned it was too early to call the effort a success.

"We're making the right progress. I don't think anyone should be pleased as long as there's oil in the water," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

Allen was responding to remarks over the weekend by BP's senior vice president, Bob Fryar, who said the company was "pleased" with its operation to funnel crude up from the ruptured undersea well to a drilling ship a mile above on the Gulf of Mexico.

Fryar said the company funneled about 250,000 gallons of oil on Friday from a containment cap installed on the well to a drilling ship on the ocean surface.

On Saturday, BP had increased the amount of oil it was funneling to about 441,000 gallons to the surface. Federal authorities estimate that 798,000 gallons of crude are gushing into the sea every day.

Allen confirmed that BP has been able to bring oil to the surface after placing the cap, but said no one should be pleased until a relief well is completed and the leaking stops.

"This is an insidious enemy," Allen said. "It's attacking all of our shores, it's holding the gulf hostage, basically."

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Updated: 4:11 p.m.


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