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President Obama blasts BP executives over oil

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15-05-2010 08:10 AM

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ABC Canberra 666

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ABC Canberra 666

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15-05-2010 08:10 AM

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15-05-2010 08:51 AM

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2010-05-15 08:10:59

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EASTLEY, Tony

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OBAMA, Barack

MILLAR, Lisa

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President Obama blasts BP executives over oil -

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US president Barack Obama has criticised BP executives for trying to dodge responsibility for the
blown out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and has ordered a review of the processes involved in
approving oil and gas explorations. Meanwhile scientists say the amount of oil leaking could be up
to ten times the original estimate.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: The blown out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spew oil into the
ocean unabated, sparking furious words from the US President today.

He's blasted oil company executives for trying to dodge responsibility and has ordered a review of
the processes involved in approving oil and gas explorations.

Scientists have suggested the amount of oil leaking could be up to ten times the original estimate.
But the President says no one really knows and all his Government can do is prepare for a
catastrophe.

Our North America correspondent Lisa Millar reports

LISA MILLAR: Undersea robots are working on the open well as BP tries new approaches to stop the
flow. Company executive Doug Suttles explains the latest attempt.

DOUG SUTTLES: The method we'll be trying over the next 24 hours is sticking what people refer to as
an insertion tube - a pipe inside of this riser where the oil's coming out which has a set of
baffles around it - which will be to capture that oil, send it up to a large drill ship that's on
location just now and try to keep this oil from ending up on the sea.

LISA MILLAR: Scientists have analysed the footage of the broken pipe and suggest that up to 70,000
barrels of oil could be leaking into the Gulf every day. BP says it's more like 5,000. The
President says no one really knows.

BARACK OBAMA: I know there have been varying reports over the last few days about how large the
leak is but since no one can get down there in person, we know there's a level of uncertainty.

But as Admiral Thad Allen said today our mobilization and response efforts have always been geared
toward the possibility of a catastrophic event.

And what really matters is this: there's oil leaking and we need to stop it and we need to stop it
as soon as possible.

LISA MILLAR: Making a midday statement at the White House, the President appeared stern and
frustrated by the ongoing crisis and the approach taken by the oil companies.

BARACK OBAMA: I know BP has committed to pay for the response effort and we will hold them to their
obligation. I have to say though I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous
spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter.

You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger
of blame at somebody else. The American people could not have been impressed with that display and
I certainly wasn't.

LISA MILLAR: He's vowed to end the cosy relationship between the oil industry and regulators.

BARACK OBAMA: It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of
safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore. To borrow an old phrase, we
will trust but we will verify.

LISA MILLAR: As the southern states of America prepare for the worst the President says he wants to
make sure a similar tragedy never happens again.

This is Lisa Millar in Washington for Saturday AM.