BP says chemical dispersants will not be used near shore listen05/10/10 Seán Kinane
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Oil washed up on the shores and marshes of Louisiana over the weekend as the Deepwater Horizon well continued to gush out of control.
On Saturday a BP containment box failed because it was clogged by ice hydrates. BP is seeking permission to use methanol to keep the slush from forming when a new containment box is deployed.
BP says the ongoing leak has cost the company $350 million so far.
David Nagle, head of BP’s Washington office, said the $75 million liability for economic damages beyond cleanup costs is not a cap on what the company is responsible for paying.
Unified Command still estimates the amount of oil coming from the leak at 5,000 barrels per day, even though BP executives told Congress last week they don’t know the rate of the leak and it could be up to 60,000 barrels per day.
On Saturday, WMNF spoke with Keith Seilhan, the incident commander for BP at the St. Petersburg unified command center about their preparations for oil on the coast of West Florida.
The Center for Biological Diversity reports new offshore drilling operations continue to get exemptions from environmental review following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Since the explosion on April 20th, the Obama administration has granted exemptions to 26 new offshore drilling permits.
Meanwhile, a contractor on the Deepwater Horizon rig, Halliburton, says it completed the cementing operation nearly a day before the rig exploded. In a copy of testimony a Halliburton executive is expected to give tomorrow obtained by the Associated Press, he says a pressure test was conducted and the well owner decided to continue.