Allen: 'We're Making the Right Progress'

But oil spill pointman says cleanup will go at least through fall
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2010 10:44 AM CDT
Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen looks outward during an air tour of oil spill operations along the Alabama coast near Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday, June 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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(Newser) – Thad Allen has gone from unknown to a household name in a few short weeks, and he dominated the Sunday shows today, saying that while BP's containment cap was now catching 10,000 barrels a day, the progress was still a far cry from the 25,000 barrels a day that could be spurting out. "We're making the right progress," he said, but, "I don't think anybody should be pleased as long as there's oil in the water."

  • There's no end in sight for cleanup, Politico reports: "This will be well into the fall," Allen said. "This is a siege well across the Gulf."
  • Haley Barbour isn't too pleased with coverage of the oil spill. “The average viewer thinks that the whole coast is ankle deep in oil,” he told Fox News Sunday. “It’s very very bad for our tourist season.”
  • But Barbour isn't blaming Obama, quoting Napolean instead: “Never interfere with the enemy when it’s in the process of destroying itself."
  • Blanche Lincoln and challenger Bill Halter went mano a mano ahead of Tuesday's primary, with Lincoln blasting Halter for allowing special interest groups to lobby Arkansans on his behalf and Halter claiming Lincoln's done nothing but cater to special interest groups.

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