BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles continues to insist that no massive underwater oil plumes in "large concentrations" have been detected from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Suttles' comments come a day after the government said water tests confirmed underwater oil plumes from the oil spill, but that concentrations are "very low."
On NBC's "Today Show," Suttles did admit that it "may be down to how you define what a plume is here."
Meanwhile, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen is demanding more specific information from BP on how the oil giant is handling damage claims stemming from the Gulf oil spill. Allen says that the oil cap on the well is now siphoning off 630,000 gallons daily.
In a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward, Adm. Allen wrote that his office and state offices in the Gulf "have made several requests for additional information which we have not received." Allen, President Barack Obama's national incident commander, said earlier he doubted that BP could efficiently handle petitions for relief by individuals and businesses.
Meanwhile, an Associated Press analysis of a 2009 spill plan by BP shows that the company was not prepared to handle a spill like the Gulf of Mexico's. In the 582-page regional spill plan, which was approved in 2009 by the federal government, BP claims it could marshal enough resources to scoop up all the oil before any deepwater spill could reach shore. The AP also reports that the plan contains references to marine mammals that don't live anywhere near the Gulf.
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