The latest developments

Saturday, July 31, 2010; A02

-- Efforts to permanently plug BP's busted well hit a snag because crews must take out debris found in the bottom of the relief well before they can pump mud into the damaged well, in a procedure known as a static kill. Removing the debris will take 24 to 36 hours and will probably push the static kill back to Tuesday.

-- There is "no pullback" in BP's commitment to clean up the spill, said Bob Dudley, who heads BP's oil spill recovery and will take over as CEO in October. Dudley was in Biloxi, Miss., to announce that former Federal Emergency Management Agency chief James Lee Witt will be supporting BP's gulf restoration work.

-- The House has approved a bill to boost safety standards for offshore drilling and remove a $75 million cap on economic liability for oil spills. The House passed the bill 209 to 193. Partisan disagreements in the Senate will probably delay final passage of legislation responding to the gulf oil spill until at least September, when Congress returns from its summer recess.

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