Salazar 'angry' at BP’s inability to halt oil spill

24 May 2010 05:00  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has expressed dismay over the inability of UK energy major BP to contain and stop the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico more than a full month since it started.

"I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this oil from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading. We are 33 days into this effort, and deadline after deadline has been missed," said Salazar after a visit to BP’s command centre in Houston on 23 May.

An estimated 5,000 bbl/day of oil have been leaking out of a ruptured underwater well since 20 April, when BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana.

Salazar, along with US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and a Senate delegation, was set to visit Louisiana on Monday to check on the ongoing response to the oil leak, according to on an official statement.

BP had said that it was extracting only 1,360 bbl/day of oil through a tube inserted at the pipework of the offshore well, down from the peak of 5,000 bbl/day on 21 May.

In response to the oil spill, BP, with the help of the US government, resorted to a number of means to mitigate the environmental disaster, including controlled burns, surface skimming and boom placement.

BP was planning a “top kill” operation on 25 May to completely stop the leak. The process involves injecting heavy drilling fluids into the well, followed by cement to seal it.

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By: Pearl Bantillo
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