May 20, 2010 – As oil slicks moved into Louisiana marshlands and approached the fast-moving “loop current,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that the environmental impact of the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico could be “catastrophic,” and stressed that BP is “on the hook” for any damages.
“We don’t know whether it’s going to be minimal or not. It could be catastrophic,” Salazar told CBS’ “The Early Show” Thursday. “BP is on the hook to make sure that everything is made whole including the environment and the people that will be affected.”
Since the disaster occurred exactly one month ago, BP has estimated that 5,000 barrels of oil a day have been leaking into the Gulf, while independent scientists calculate a much higher rate of flow – up to 95,000 barrels a day.
“The government will be making its own independent verification of what the total numbers are,” Salazar said. “The American people are entitled to know exactly how much has spilled out in to the Gulf and BP is responsible to make sure that whatever damages that occur are in fact made. So getting this number and being accurate is imperative.”
BP partially succeeded in siphoning away the leak when it hooked up a mile-long tube to the broken pipe, sending some of the oil from the leak to a ship on the surface. The company said it hopes to employ a “top kill” method by Sunday, which involves directing heavy mud into crippled equipment on top of the well, then aiming cement at it to permanently keep down the oil.
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