- Oil giant BP says around 19,000 claims have been filed following the Gulf of Mexico spill and 8,000 payments have been made.

Intensive operations to skim oil from the surface of the water have now recovered, in total, some 187,000 barrels (7.8 million gallons) of oily liquid.

The total length of boom deployed as part of efforts to prevent oil reaching the coast is now more than 1.9 million feet, including over 500,000 feet of sorbent boom.

Subsea efforts continue to focus on progressing options to stop the flow of oil from the well through interventions via the blow out preventer, and to collect the flow of oil from the leak points.

The volume of oil and gas being collected by the riser insertion tube tool (RITT) containment system at the end of the leaking riser is estimated to be about 3,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil and some 14 million standard cubic feet a day of gas.

The oil is being stored and gas is being flared on the drillship Discoverer Enterprise, on the surface 5,000 feet above.

Work on the first relief well, which began on 2 May, continues and the DDII drilling rig began drilling the second relief well on 16 May.

Each of these wells is estimated to take some three months to complete from the commencement of drilling.

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