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Some oil spill events on Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jun 22, 2010 2:13:00 PM - thestate.com
A summary of events on Tuesday, June 22, Day 63 of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began with the April 20 explosion and fire on the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, owned by Transocean Ltd. and leased by BP PLC, which is in charge of cleanup and containment. The blast killed 11 workers. Since then, oil has been pouring into the Gulf from a blown-out undersea well.


The owner of the offshore rig involved in the massive Gulf oil spill sharply criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling Tuesday. Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman told reporters at an oil industry conference in London that President Barack Obama's administration could let the business resume immediately. Transocean owns the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was run by British oil company BP PLC. An April 20 explosion on the rig killed 11 workers and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. A federal judge in New Orleans is considering whether to lift the moratorium, imposed after the disaster began. Judge Martin Feldman said he will decide by Wednesday.


Oil industry executives on Tuesday sharply criticized President Barack Obama's six-month ban on deepwater drilling, saying the world did not have enough other sources of oil to eliminate using deepsea rigs. The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico and the moratorium imposed by Obama dominated discussions at the World National Oil Companies Congress in the British capital, and a BP executive standing in for embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward was heckled by protesters.

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