May 17, 2010 – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and BP’s Lamar McKay are due to testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs regarding the federal government’s response to last month’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Chair of the committee Senator Joseph Lieberman said it had “lots of questions” to ask Ms. Napolitano and Mr. McKay, BP America’s chairman, about what happened. This is the first time Congress will have an opportunity to question a senior Obama administration official about the government’s handling of the crisis.
Scientists said on Sunday they had found vast underwater plumes of oil, one ten miles long and a mile wide, lending weight to the fears of those who believe the actual spill could be many times greater than the estimate of 5,000 barrels daily.
Samantha Joye, a marine science professor at the University of Georgia, said: “It could take years, possibly decades, for the system to recover from an infusion of this quantity of oil and gas. We’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s impossible to fathom the impact.”
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