The oil spill: The latest developments

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

  • The total amount of oil recovered in the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday was 23,291 barrels (978,222 gallons), about 2,000 to 3000 barrels less than the average in recent days, Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen said Monday. He attributed the drop to lightning that forced the Discoverer Enterprise drill ship to shut down operations temporarily and to maintenance of the system that brings oil to the surface.
  • Two relief wells, which offer the best hope of plugging the BP well, are making progress, Allen said. One has reached 10,677 feet below the seafloor and is "closing in on the well bore" of the damaged BP well, he said. He said engineers hope to intercept the well in the next few weeks, with completion of this "bottom kill" operation still tentatively set for the second week of August.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit seeking an injunction against President Obama's moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling in the gulf.
  • The Minerals Management Service has been renamed. It's now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement -- nicknamed by the Obama administration as the "Bureau of Ocean Energy" or BOE. Michael Bromwich was sworn in Monday to lead the Interior Department agency, which is in charge of overseeing offshore oil exploration.

By the numbers

$2 billion

The amount that BP said it has spent fighting the oil spill.

$51.4 million

The amount of the third bill sent to BP by the Obama administration for response and recovery operations relating to the spill.

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