Feds: Government can't push BP aside on oil spill

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Associated Press

Posted on May 25, 2010 at 3:03 AM

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The Obama administration's point man on the Gulf oil spill says the government doesn't have the expertise or the equipment to take over the cleanup job from BP.

Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who is heading the federal response, has rejected the notion of removing BP from the task. Allen addressed a White House briefing.

The White House is facing increasing questions about why the government can't assert more control over the aftermath of the April 20 rig explosion.

All of BP's attempts to stop the leak have failed and millions of gallons of crude are now coating birds and other wildlife and fouling Louisiana marshes.

BP's next plan is another technique never tested 5,000 feet underwater: a "top kill," in which heavy mud and cement would be shot into the blown-out well to plug it up. BP gives it a 60-70 percent chance of success.

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<<CUT …283 (05/24/10)>> 00:07 "on the environment"

Rear Admiral Mary Landry

Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry says many people are working hard to stop the oil and restore the areas that have already been harmed by the spill.

<<CUT …282 (05/24/10)>> 00:11 "injection of dispersants"

Rear Admiral Mary Landry

Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry says they don't want flammable gas on the water surface when BP tries to plug the oil well Wednesday.

<<CUT …281 (05/24/10)>> 00:05 "use of dispersants"

Rear Admiral Mary Landry

Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry says she'd like to see other methods used to stop the oil besides dispersants.

<<CUT …248 (05/24/10)>> 00:12 "the federal government"

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, incident commander for the Gulf oil spill

Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander, says BP and other oil companies have the equipment and experts needed to stop the leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

<<CUT …247 (05/24/10)>> 00:12 "to be successful"

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, incident commander for the Gulf oil spill

Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander, says everyone involved has to work together.

<<CUT …246 (05/24/10)>> 00:03 "them with what?"

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, incident commander for the Gulf oil spill

Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander, says BP has to be a major player in capping the well and cleaning up the spill.

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