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May 25, 2010

Memorial planned for rig victims; BP readies plan

, May 25 (Reuters) – The 11 victims of last
month’s deadly offshore rig explosion will be honored at a
memorial service on Tuesday as BP Plc prepares for a crucial
attempt to seal a blown-out well that has spewed oil into the
Gulf of Mexico for five weeks.

The U.S. government piled pressure on BP on Monday to clean
up the “massive environmental mess” and a top official said
fines would be imposed on the energy giant for the spreading
oil spill.

May 25, 2010

U.S. keeps “boot on neck” of BP over spill

GALLIANO, Louisiana (Reuters) – The U.S. government piled pressure on BP Plc on Monday to clean up a “massive environmental mess” in the Gulf of Mexico, and a top official said fines would definitely be imposed on the energy giant for the spreading oil spill.

The company insisted it was doing all it could to try to seal a blown-out oil well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons (liters) of oil into the Gulf every day, a disaster that threatens to become the worst U.S. oil spill in history.

May 25, 2010

US government keeps “boot on neck” of BP over spill

, May 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. government piled
pressure on BP Plc on Monday to clean up a “massive
environmental mess” in the Gulf of Mexico, and a top official
said fines would definitely be imposed on the energy giant for
the spreading oil spill.

The company insisted it was doing all it could to try to
seal a blown-out oil well spewing hundreds of thousands of
gallons (litres) of oil into the Gulf every day, a disaster
that threatens to become the worst U.S. oil spill in history.

May 24, 2010

Pressure piles on BP as Gulf spill widens

VENICE, La, May 24 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
was dispatching two Cabinet secretaries to the fouled Gulf
Coast on Monday to keep pressure on energy giant BP to plug an
undersea oil leak that threatens an ecological disaster.

British-based BP <BP.L> is readying new measures to try to
stop the gushing torrent of oil that has been spewing for more
than a month from a ruptured well a mile (1.6 kms) below the
surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

May 24, 2010

U.S. govt slams BP for missed deadlines on spill

VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn’t do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how.

The Coast Guard said that over 65 miles (110 kms) of Gulf Coast has experienced “shoreline impact” from the spill and less than half of it could be cleaned up relatively quickly, underscoring the growing ecological toll of the disaster.

May 24, 2010

Government slams BP for missed deadlines on spill

VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn’t do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how.

The Coast Guard said that over 65 miles of Gulf Coast has experienced “shoreline impact” from the spill and less than half of it could be cleaned up relatively quickly, underscoring the growing ecological toll of the disaster.

May 24, 2010

U.S. government slams BP for missed deadlines on spill

VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn’t do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how.

The Coast Guard said that over 65 miles (110 kms) of Gulf Coast has experienced “shoreline impact” from the spill and less than half of it could be cleaned up relatively quickly, underscoring the growing ecological toll of the disaster.

May 24, 2010

Louisiana hits BP and government for slow oil response

VENICE, La (Reuters) – Louisiana’s governor on Sunday blasted energy giant BP and the federal government for failing to act fast enough to protect the state’s coastlines from a massive undersea oil leak.

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP were slow to make decisions and delayed supplying necessary clean-up equipment even as oil washes onto the state’s fragile marshland, Governor Bobby Jindal said.

May 24, 2010

Louisiana hits BP, US govt for slow oil response

VENICE, La, May 23 (Reuters) – Louisiana’s governor on Sunday blasted energy giant BP <BP.L> and the federal government for failing to act fast enough to protect the state’s coastlines from a massive undersea oil leak.

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP were slow to make decisions and delayed supplying necessary clean-up equipment even as oil washes onto the state’s fragile marshland, Governor Bobby Jindal said.

"It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here: boom, skimmers, vacuums, jack-up barges are all in short supply," Jindal told a news conference in Venice.

"Oil sits and waits for clean-up and every day that it waits for clean-up more and more marsh dies," said Jindal, whose words were echoed by a number of local officials.

Jindal said he was "frustrated" by the slow pace and said the delays were "unacceptable." He called for the Coast Guard to delegate more authority to local leaders to protect their own parishes.

Oil from a blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico has been gushing into the sea for over a month. Jindal said he had been told a new BP plan to seal the well would be implemented on Wednesday.

Already, oil had tarred 65 miles (100 km) of the state’s coast, he said.

In one example of delay, parish presidents had put in an urgent request to the Coast Guard on May 3 for 5 million feet (1.5 million metres) of hard boom to stop oil before it hits the coast but so far only around 800,000 feet (240,000 metres) had been supplied, Jindal said.

He also raised the pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant permission for the construction of a series of sand levees and said he was "passionate" about the issue.

"Silence on this plan is the equivalent of saying: ‘we will just clean it (oil) out of the wetlands,’" he said, arguing that the dangers of inaction were far greater than possible risks of associated with construction.

"BP is responsible for paying for this but they should not have veto authority over the dredging plan or any of the other plans that are being proposed by the parish or by the state," he said.

State and local leaders want to dredge sand from the sea floor and erect up to 80 miles (130 km) of levees, which reinforce, extend and in some cases join barrier islands to impede the progress of oil into the marshlands.

Experts on the coast including conservationists and academics have deep doubts about the plan, arguing it would take too long to implement and could alter the Mississippi River delta’s balance between fresh and salt water.

(Editing by Eric Beech)




May 23, 2010

U.S. says must rely on BP to stop oil;Iran offers help

By Matthew Bigg

VENICE, La. (Reuters) – The U.S. government is forced to rely on BP and the private oil sector to try to plug the gushing Gulf of Mexico well because only they have the technical know-how to stop the spill at those depths, the U.S. Coast Guard chief said on Sunday.

Admiral Thad Allen, who heads the oil spill response operation, also said he trusted BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward at a time when U.S. government and public criticism of the company and its executives over the spill is mounting daily.