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Gibbs: BP Not Forthcoming Oil Spill Catastrophe

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says BP was not forthcoming about the possibility oil could leak faster as a result of the latest attempt to contain the Gulf spill.

White House Energy Adviser Carol Browner said over the weekend that cutting and capping the damaged oil riser could result in a temporary 20 percent increase in the flow, a figure Gibbs repeated Monday.

BP has said it didn't expect a significant increase in flow from the cutting and capping plan. Gibbs said in Monday's White House briefing that he was not comfortable with BP's statements. He said he did not believe the company was forthcoming on that issue. But he didn't answer directly when asked whether the White House trusts BP.

Crews are checking reports of oil reaching Mississippi and Alabama shorelines, the Coast Guard said Tuesday after officials widened the region under surveillance to include those states.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen told reporters at a news briefing that the response was happening as he spoke. Oil was reported in the western Mississippi Sound and tarballs were reported on Alabama's Dauphin Island, he added.

The Mobile Press-Register said one of its reporters had seen a slick in the Mississippi Sound some three to four miles south of Pascagoula, Miss.

 

 

 

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