Gulf oil spill: Cap boosts oil collection to 10,000 barrels
“We’re making the right progress,” Allen said on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." But he cautioned that much remains to be done. “I don’t think anyone should be pleased as long as there’s oil in the water.”
A permanent solution is still months away. BP is drilling two relief wells that will ultimately plug the leak in August at the earliest.
Allen also acknowledged that the federal government still does not have enough boats to skim oil from thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico. “There will always be an unmet demand,” Allen said on ABC’s “This Week,” noting the massive reach of the spill that includes pockets of oil stretching from the Louisiana marshes to beaches in Florida.
Both BP and the federal government are facing criticism for not moving forcefully or quickly enough to contain the environmental disaster.
But two governors along the Gulf Coast, Republican Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Independent Charlie Crist of Florida, said Sunday that the Coast Guard has responded to their pleas for help.
At the same time, Barbour strongly criticized the Obama administration’s plans to impose a six-month moratorium on new offshore drilling, warning that oil companies would permanently move production overseas, making the country even more dependent on foreign oil.
“If you shut this down, don’t kid yourself, you’re not shutting this down for six months,” Barbour said on Fox News Sunday. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, also a Republican, has leveled similar criticism at the moratorium.
-- Noam N. Levey, reporting from Washington