gulf spill: salazar reassures over oil drilling pause - oil spill containment
S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a Senate panel that,
The suspension of deep water drilling will last for one month before ensuring safety.
But he tried to assure the Senators
After the massive Gulf of Mexico leak
It is a kind of "pause", not a permanent stop of exploration.
Coast guard chief Sade Allen said the amount of oil captured from the leaking well could double by next week.
S. President Barack Obama has criticized BP's efforts to deal with the oil spill.
He will be on his fourth trip to the Gulf of Mexico next week.
The day before Salazar announced the news, he announced plans to strengthen safety requirements in shallow water areas.
Drilling will continue, he said, but "must be done in a safe way ".
Mr. Salazar said that the suspension will continue to exist after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, "until we have a sense of security until we realize that this will never happen again ".
Salazar also told the panel that he would ask BP to pay back the wages of workers who had been laid off due to six people being unemployed.
Suspended for one month
On Wednesday, three committees and two sub-committees on Capitol Hill will discuss issues related to oil spills and the oil industry.
In new safety regulations announced by Salazar on Tuesday, oil companies drilling in American waters will now have to check their blows --
Do a good job of prevention and provide safety certificates.
Defeat of the blow-
The blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon rig caused the oil spill, the worst in American history.
Placed in a blown helmet-
Outside the well last week is now helping to control some of the leaking oil.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Allen said the containment is currently running at a speed of 630,000 gallons (
He said he hopes that the existing containment structure will soon be able to accommodate one containment.
17 million gallons per day.
We're only 15 years old [15,000 barrels]
Now, we will be 28 years old. 28,000 barrels]next week.
"We are building capacity," Allen said . ".
At some point, he said, it may be "necessary to make a transition between the helmet and the regular cap ".
Allen added that Obama administration officials are talking longer with BP
"Built in" containment strategy
The government estimates 600,000 to 1.
Leak 2 million gallons from the bottom of the sea every day.
BP said it would donate net income from recycled oil to a fund to restore wildlife habitat on the coast of four affected Gulf Coast states.
However, a spokesman for BP told The Associated Press that it cannot say how much of the recovered oil is processed.
Thad Allen wrote to BP on Tuesday asking for "more detail and openness" on how the company manages compensation for individuals and businesses in the region ".
"The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is having a devastating impact on the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast countries and their communities," he wrote . ".
At the same time, tests show that the underwater oil plume has moved at least 64 km kilometers (40 miles)
The US government says it's from a leaking well.
Scientists point out that the oil concentration in the plume is "very low", but they say it is difficult for the plume to clean up and they will drain the oxygen in the water and destroy the abundant marine life in the Bay.
On Wednesday, on NBC's Today's show, BP spokesman Doug Satel maintained BP's position that no large-scale underwater oil at a "large concentration" was found.
"It may depend on how you define the plume here," he said . ".
Since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank off the coast of the US state of Luis Anna, oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers.
Survivors of the explosion told CNN that on the morning of the rig explosion, a BP executive and a Transocean official managing the rig debated how to proceed.
Workers say BP has often cut corners and moved on despite concerns about safety.
A spokesman for BP said it would not comment on specific allegations until the accident investigation was completed, but said "BP's priority is always safety ".
BP chief executive Tony Hayward is scheduled to attend Congress next week.
BP shares fell 3.
4% on Wednesday, the company was concerned that it would have to suspend dividend payments to cover legal claims and clean up the oil spill.