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WASHINGTON, April 29 A U.S. Interior Department
official on Thursday would not rule out a pause in new
deepwater oil drilling until oil companies can demonstrate they
are able to control spills.
"Everything is on the table," Deputy Interior Secretary
David Hayes said at a White House briefing on what the
government is doing to handle the widening oil spill in the
Gulf of Mexico caused by an oil rig explosion last week.
Hayes said it could take 90 days to install a relief valve
to stop the oil leak. The Obama administration says 5,000
barrels a day may be leaking from a deep-sea oil well following
the rig explosion.
(Reporting by Tom Doggett and Ross Colvin; Editing by Doina