BP says it will burn off some of the oil captured from spill at bottom of Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC says it will get rid of some of the oil being recaptured from a spill in the Gulf of Mexico by burning it off.

BP spokesman Max McGahan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the company will process some of the flow by sending it to a burner that turns it into a combustible fog and ignites it.

McGahan says the rig carrying the burner will be moved away from the main leak site so flames and heat do not endanger other vessels.

BP spokesman Robert Wine says the company will also boost capacity by bringing in a floating platform it believes can process most of the flow. He didn't know when it would arrive.

The current equipment being used at the surface to collect the spilled oil is believed to be nearing its daily capacity.