BP: Oil Will 'Flow for a While'

Oil giant hopes for some containment until August
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2010 10:46 AM CDT
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal points to a map where heavy oil from the oil spill has been spotted in the coastal wetlands of Louisiana, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/David Quinn)
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(Newser) – Even as BP readies its next effort to stanch the oil oozing from its busted well, the oil giant was already redefining success, reports Politico. "The oil's going to flow for awhile," Managing Director Bob Dudley told State of the Union, adding, "Our objective is to …[capture] the majority of the oil and gas." Obama energy czar Carol Browner seemed to back the message that oil might flow until relief wells are complete in August, AP reports: The White House is "prepared for the worst," she told Meet the Press.

  • Colin Powell chimed in with those knocking President Obama's handling of the spill, calling for a "comprehensive and total attack," and saying that "the president has to get involved as quickly as possible."
  • As far as Obama's concerned, for Bobby Jindal it's "trust but verify. We've heard promises, we want to see that happen on the ground."
  • David Vitter slammed Obama's "failure" in the Gulf, and called the Army Corps of Engineers' response "ludicrous." The oil-friendly senator also took aim at BP, calling for "real-time" updates.

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