U.S. to keep heat on BP to stop oil leak - Salazar

WASHINGTON Sun May 2, 2010 9:05am EDT

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WASHINGTON May 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. government will keep a "boot on the neck" of BP Plc, as it responds to a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens to become an economic and ecological catastrophe, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Sunday.

"Our job basically is to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum to carry out the responsibilities they have both under the law and contractually to move forward and stop this spill," Salazar told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

He said there was "no doubt" that a mechanism that prevents oil from blowing out of the BP well was defective, adding that 100,000 barrels or more of oil could leak per day in a worst case scenario.

(Writing by Paul Simao, Americas Desk)

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Comments (27)
mrsvangilder wrote:
They really need to stop this oil.

May 02, 2010 9:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
colorjoy wrote:
What? The government is leaving it up to an oil company to stop this?
That doesn’t even equate to a band aid on a severed limb!

May 02, 2010 9:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
fggybttm wrote:
Good job, Salazar. Keep yer foot on
BP’s neck. Now, try cleaning up the Gulf coast in that position.
If you, or ANYONE, has a better idea, let him throw the first barrel of oil.
This is a calamity of the highest order, and the ‘masses’, instead of streaming to help, are rushing to court with lawsuits.
This country really has a strange set of priorities

May 02, 2010 10:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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