Gulf oil spill: BP worried about its own bid to capture more oil
The Coast Guard told BP to ramp up its collection efforts in the Gulf oil spill more quickly. BP detailed its plan late Sunday, but it also expressed doubts about success and safety.
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There are considerable risks involved, Mr. Suttles warned. The coordination of different vessels performing complicated tasks and the presence of volatile hydrocarbons among several hundred workers creates a situation that “is significantly beyond both BP and industry practice.”Skip to next paragraph
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“We will continue to aggressively drive schedule to minimize the pollution, but we must not allow this drive to compromise our No. 1 priority, that being the health and safety of our people,” Suttles wrote.
President Obama is planning to address the new plan, among other issues involving the BP effort, Tuesday evening in his first Oval Office speech since taking office. He traveled to the Gulf Coast Monday to meet with state and local leaders from all four states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida – where oil from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion has reached shore.
At a stop in Gulfport, Miss., Monday, Obama said his discussions with Coast Guard officials involved figuring out how to “make sure that there’s effective coordination in terms of skimmers, vessels of opportunity that are out on the water right now.”
“Can we make sure that they are responding as quickly as possible to the oil before it starts getting closer to shore?” he asked.
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