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More setbacks in oil containment efforts

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GULF OF MEXICO (WLBT) - There's been another set back Saturday for crews in the Gulf of Mexico trying to get control of that oil that's been flowing from a crippled rig for 25 days.

The latest hope to stop the leak was a 5,000-foot syphon tube that came up a bit short when crews tried to use it for the first time Friday night.

"When they attempted to connect to it, the frame shifted, unable to make the connection, so they had to bring it to the surface," said BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles.

After some adjustments, teams plan to put it back in the water for a second try.

"Hope to have tool inserted by late tonight (Saturday), but right now, the damage of almost   5-million gallons of oil in the Gulf is becoming more evident," said Suttles. 

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar spent time Saturday at a rehab center set-up for wildlife caught-up in the muck.

"We have a huge responsibility and a mission to make sure the wildlife resources and the ecological resources of the Gulf Coast are protected," said Salazar.

Officials said a part of that process is cleaning up the oil already in the water, and BP officials said they are beginning to win that fight.

"The application of the subsea dispersant is working, diminished from previous observations," said Suttles.

But for days now, skeptics including Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have worried it's only pushing the oil under the surf.

"We've got grave concerns about the impact on the water column, the sub-merged oil that may be washing-up as tar," said Jindal.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said workers had a "pretty good handle on" the oil.  "Looming, massive amounts of oil washing up in huge swaths - not the case," said Landry.

But as long as the spill continues, no one can know the final outcome of this disaster.

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