A BP statement said simply that the four-inch (10-centimeter) diameter tube inserted into the 21-inch leaking pipe using undersea robots had captured "some amounts of oil and gas."
Wells added that the BP crews "don't have any idea at this point" how much crude is being collected and would only have a better estimate in coming days.
"The oil was stored on board the Discoverer Enterprise drill ship 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) above on the water's surface, and natural gas was burned through a flare system on board the ship," the statement said.
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