While officials in Louisiana readied for an expansive oil slick to make landfall on Grand Isle , a major tourist hub, BP officials said they would deploy late Tuesday or before dawn Wednesday their latest attempt to stop the spill — a complex “top kill” maneuver that involves pumping the hole full of mud and cement.
“They have the eyes and ears that are down there. They are necessarily the modality by which this is going to get solved,” Allen said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “Our responsibility is to conduct proper oversight to make sure they do that.”
At the same time, the Justice Department has sent officials to the Gulf to look into the spill, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, without elaborating if criminal charges would be filed against BP or the other private companies that were working on the Deepwater Horizon oilrig when it exploded April 20 . The U.S. official leading the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Sunday that only BP had the expertise to plug the gaping hole in its deepwater well and that he trusted the oil company was doing its best.
The comments by Adm. Thad Allen , the commandant of the Coast Guard , signaled that the U.S. government wouldn’t take a larger role in stopping the five-week-old spill even as frustration in the Gulf coast grows over the Obama administration’s policy of letting BP run the cleanup.
“I don’t think anybody could credibly say, even as frustrated as they are and as frustrated as we are, that the government has stood around, done nothing, and hoped for the best,” Gibbs saidmore http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100523/sc_mcclatchy/3513921_1
La. – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Jindal’s defiant comments Sunday came as oil pushed at least 12 miles into the heart of Louisiana’s marshes. Two major pelican rookeries are now awash in crude.
Jindal made his remarks on a boat at the edge of one of the pelican nesting grounds. He and officials from several coastal parishes say the berms would close the door on the oil still pouring from a deepwater gusher about 50 miles off the coast.more
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