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WASHINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) plans to increase the collection of oil at the site of the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico to about 20,000 barrels per day, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday.
Thad Allen, the Coast Guard admiral heading the federal relief effort, said BP would be sending in another craft to increase the amount of oil that can be recovered. On Sunday BP captured 11,100 barrels of oil with its containment cap.
Allen also said even after the well is capped, the United States will be dealing with a spill for another four to six weeks. About 120 linear miles of coast line have been affected by the oil spill, he said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said BP would be spending billions of dollars in penalties for the oil spill.
“They are the responsible party. They are going to bear the costs there,” said Gibbs. “Those costs are likely to greatly exceed what the oil that is recouped is sold for on the market ... there will be penalties that are involved in this in the many billions of dollars.”
Reporting by Deborah Charles and Matt Spetalnick