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Gulf oil spill: Interior Secretary Salazar sees 'light at the end of the tunnel'

July 22, 2010 | 11:20 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar delivered an optimistic message Thursday in updating Congress on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

"We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," Salazar told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "There is a shutting that has occurred of the well, and the monitoring that we have required of BP is showing that it is holding."

But, he added, "The weather patterns that we are seeing may have some interruption in terms of getting to the ultimate solution."

During the hearing, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) waved the one-page permit for the BP well asking if the regulator who signed it had been fired. Salazar said the department’s inspector general is, at his request, investigating the drilling operation’s approval.

-- Rich Simon in Washington