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About 466,000 gallons or 11,100 barrels of oil are now being collected by BP after it placed a containment cap on the ruptured Gulf well last week. But how many barrels are still leaking? BP won't say. Keep in mind, last week officials admitted that "cut and cap" work could have increased the flow of oil by as much as 20 percent. Plus, three of four vents on the cap are still open, allowing oil and gas to leak out. Tonight Anderson will talk with an engineer at Purdue University who questions what BP is saying to the public. We're keeping them honest.
Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the government's response to the spill, said today it will take "years" to clean up the oil.
"We're no longer dealing with a large, monolithic spill. We're dealing with an aggregation of hundreds of thousands of patches of oil that are going a lot of different directions. And we've had to adapt, and we need to adapt to be able to meet that threat," Admiral Allen said at a news conference at the White House.
Randi Kaye has a report tonight from Destin, Florida where city officials aren't waiting around for BP to take action.
Tar balls are already washing up on shore. But BP hasn't shown up. There's also an oil sheen nine miles off the coast. But again, BP hasn't shown up. Destin leaders are taking their own steps to protect their beaches, including 15 rare coastal dune lakes. We'll show you what they're doing.
In Louisiana, BP announced today it will give the state $60 million to start funding the $360 million cost of six berms to protect the barrier islands.
"We understand the importance of this to Louisiana and the parishes, cities, towns and our responsibility to make sure that that funding is made immediately," Robert Dudley, BP Managing Director said this afternoon.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser welcomed the news. He met with Dudley and others today about the berm project.
"It will give us a fighting chance and together we're gonna win this war," Nungesser said. We'll have more with Nungesser tonight on the program.
Anderson will also have more of his exclusive interview with five men who survived the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that led to the spill.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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